President Obama steps off Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base upon his return from Afghanistan



President Obama, standing with Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes and Communication Director Dan Pfeiffer, sings “Happy Birthday” in the press cabin on Air Force One as it flies back to Andrews Air Force Base

217 Responses to “home”

  1. 5 GGail
    May 2, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Good west coast morning Chipsticks!
    Good west coast morning TOD family.
    I’m happy to see POTUS on the home turf ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. May 2, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Thank God he’s home ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. 9 amk for obama
    May 2, 2012 at 11:07 am

    I toldja josh marshall has gone all rogue. You can expect to see him on teann or poxnews shortly.

    • 10 Debz
      May 2, 2012 at 11:09 am

      Good thing no one reads the NYT, isn’t it?

      • 11 jackiegrumbacher
        May 2, 2012 at 12:29 pm

        Debz, and the number of people who read TPM would probably fit into my living room. They all consider themselves smarter than the president and they can all go to hell.

    • May 2, 2012 at 11:32 am

      The private sector knows that if this President had not laid the foundation then there would have been no rebound.

      Josh knows better than that.

      • May 2, 2012 at 12:04 pm

        He’s got a taste of HuffPo going on now. Along with poor editing, superficial stories thrown together to get a sensationalized headline and more and more RW talking points, he’s just about to jump the shark. I don’t go there much anymore.

        • May 2, 2012 at 12:17 pm

          I agree. Last year I noticed his headlines started reading like bad news for Obama and the Dems. I think he wants one of those MSM gigs something fierce.

          • May 2, 2012 at 1:00 pm

            Me, I think he’s going for a big buyout, a la AriannaHuffStuff. He’s growing into a large enterprise and getting by on writing short paragraphs for clicks. UGH.

        • 16 jackiegrumbacher
          May 2, 2012 at 12:30 pm

          Meta, stop going there a long time ago. Not worth the stomach acid.

      • May 2, 2012 at 1:43 pm

        Duh …

        The whole point of the recovery bringing private sector jobs is that – using keynesian macro-economics – it is a nobrainer for a government to hire the workers for the infrastructure projects directly, itself, without going through the middleman of the private enterprise.

        The way to do it and convince the private sector it works is doing it through growth of employment by the private sector.

    • May 2, 2012 at 12:43 pm

      Eh, I don’t think he’s far gone yet. When he writes his own posts, he’s pretty spot on most of the time.

      • 19 amk for obama
        May 2, 2012 at 12:52 pm

        The mittbot’s ‘success’ worshiping piece came from josh. Anyway, I was at tpm for Sargent only during primaries and left that place along with him. Never cared for josh’s two line snarky ‘pieces’ even then. YMMV.

  4. 20 Pamela
    May 2, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Thank you, dear Lord, for returning our President safely to our shores! Bye everyone, there is work to be done! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. 21 lovingandlaughing
    May 2, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Thank goodness he is back safe.

  6. 22 Debz
    May 2, 2012 at 11:08 am

    The President is looking good. I hope he got enough sleep on the long flight home.

  7. 23 AJ
    May 2, 2012 at 11:11 am

    I look at that top picture, and all I can think of is that Chips now has another option to display when a TOD’er has a birthday.

    Hooray for expanding Chips’ clipart options! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. 29 utaustinliberal
    May 2, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Everyone has got to read this excerpt about PBO from an upcoming book. The underlying prevailing thought is Pres. Obama in his 20s put a lot of his contemporaries to shame. When I say he was and is a gifted writer and thinker, I mean HE IS A GIFTED WRITER AND THINKER. Holy smokes! His conflicted identity, his appreciation of people from all walks of life and culture, the realization by older people at what a wise person he was for one so young, his depth. Such depth.

    He makes me feel as though I’m in a philosophy or humanities class. He is a thinker. He thought and he thought and he thought. Then he wrote. And thought and thought and thought and thought. Then he wrote and thought again. Woah.


    • 30 ChristiMTL
      May 2, 2012 at 11:22 am

      I thought the same thing…..deep thinker…..I can’t even remember what I was thinking in my early 20’s but I know that it wasn’t that deep and complex.

      He’s very special.

      I can see that Jodi Kantor commented on the book already….*roll eyes*.

      And here from Ezra Klein โ€ @ezraklein

      ”Worst thing about being president: Silly, pretentious letters you wrote in college get published in national magazine”

      Silly and pretentious letters??


      • 31 criquet
        May 2, 2012 at 11:39 am

        Jealous much, Mr Klein?

      • 32 jackiegrumbacher
        May 2, 2012 at 12:35 pm

        And Ezra Klein now knows what it’s like being president. Klein is eaten up with jealousy that while PBO was a brilliant thinker in his 20’s, Ezra spent those years picking at his navel. Remember the Harvard professor who said PBO displayed an incandescent intelligence.

        • 33 Debz
          May 2, 2012 at 12:55 pm

          Ezra Klein was good about explaining the health care bill, since then he has shown himself to be an idiot. He tries to present himself as an expert on everything POTUS does and sounds foolish. I have no doubt he is jealous of PBO’s brilliance. That is why PBO is the President, and Ezra Klein will never have that honor.

      • May 2, 2012 at 12:47 pm

        Ezra Klein is as irritating as a mosquito, and, I also suspect, another who is so envious of PBO that it clouds his judgment. And Klein doesn’t want anyone intruding on his overinflated perception of self as the deepest of deep thinkers.
        I was utterly fascinated by this excerpt, intrigued by all things Obama. I think I’ve read everything written about and by him, but there were new details here about his early years. I will say that Barack Obama is one interesting person, so multi-faceted, so intelligent, the most unique of human beings. The book reveals more of his journey, how he got from there to here. I’m sure that some of this, which so absorbed him at the time, seems unimportant now, just as happens to all of us. I was thinking back to that time in my life —-thought I was an inspiring poet at one time in college and would sit in the park and write deep thoughts—-and when I re-read a few years ago—–not so scintillating. And wow—-I hope no one ever dives into my post college years in Chicago, newly arrived from a sheltered Iowa, naive (really!) and how that all played out. Thankfully, I did not keep a journal, do not remember names and I am not famous so no one cares. Best left to the ages.
        This just confirmed for me that we have a very special person as our president, someone to be savored. There has never been another like him, and I don’t believe there ever will be again.

      • May 2, 2012 at 1:04 pm

        If anyone knows silly and pretentious, its Ezra Klein.

    • May 2, 2012 at 12:57 pm

      utaustinliberal, so glad you brought that link to the new thread. I was so absorbed in reading it that when I finally posted I was talking to myself! Anyway, there is also a related link that is a Q and A with the author about how he chose the book, its scope and research methods.

      My takeaway: our president is a rarity; he has taken philosophy, REALLY analyzed all the important precepts/questions then integrated them into a living, personal philosophy of being and ACTION. PBO, strikes me ass being as close to a self actualized person as is humanly possible.

    • 39 miss pat
      May 2, 2012 at 1:32 pm

      I read it and I always knew that the President had a way with words but WOW! the man can write. He doesn’t need a writer to write his speeches at all. If he had the time he could do them himself.

      I understand he goes over them and write corrections in the margin.
      Is there anything this man cannot do? He comes from smart people on both sides. I am reading his sister’s book and she is just as smart as he is.

      We are so blessed to have this man in the White House. He got there all on his own. No silver spoon in his mouth, no cadillacs in his elevator garage; just by being his brilliant caring self.

    • 40 sabreen60
      May 2, 2012 at 4:17 pm

      ut, I got the same impression about the young BO when I read the book “The Bridge”. I recommend it to anyone who has not read it. I remember reading a couple of his letters he had written while in college. I thought whoa. He was off the hook. The man was and is brilliant.

  9. 41 utaustinliberal
    May 2, 2012 at 11:14 am

    The pictures are nice. They also reinforce how skinny PBO is. Still looks like a GQ model though. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. 42 Cheryllou
    May 2, 2012 at 11:14 am

    I’m so happy the President is home.

  11. 43 collegekay
    May 2, 2012 at 11:17 am

    You guys have to read the link I posted on the last thread. Wow. PBO’s mental capacity is infinite.


    • May 2, 2012 at 12:59 pm

      Thanks for that link, collegekay. Some of the comments are worth reading too. (Bottom of last thread). meta and others wrote wonderful responses.

    • 45 edp4bho
      May 2, 2012 at 1:29 pm

      Interesting. I was so engrossed in reading I forgot to eat my lunch. Too bad we have to wait for the mag for the entire article. One thing I have gathered from that reading is that, while PBO was very much into philosophizing, it took meeting a down-to-earth Michelle Obama, to let him know that, though she thought him to be very smart, she would tell him at times……”people don’t care about all that…..”, when he would get wordy. She has helped him find his operating center. Good on him, good on her.

      • 46 jacquelineoboomer
        May 2, 2012 at 1:43 pm

        I think we all would have benefited from having “a Michelle Obama” in our lives early on, as we were forming our own thought processes at a young age. I still need that “people don’t care about all that” nudge! Ask my son who normally just says, calmly, now, “You’re thinking too deeply about that, Mom.” ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. 47 relellit
    May 2, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Congratulations GGail on being first.

    Good morning everyone. I have to put my hand over my mouth to keep from sceaming. Damnnnnnn, our President looks louscious. That is one of my favorite pics.

  13. 62 amk for obama
    May 2, 2012 at 11:20 am

    I loved this LOD piece with Alec Baldwin.

    • 63 jacquelineoboomer
      May 2, 2012 at 11:40 am

      Mornin’! Alec was masterful on that show. I even tweeted him last night to thank him for supporting PBO on behalf of all of us. Hope he becomes a regular “out there.” I’m not sure I’ve ever seen him do one of the pundit shows before.

      • 64 amk for obama
        May 2, 2012 at 11:45 am

        He sounded very professional in his statements (like saying let’s not knock the NY FF in the process, unlike the lady who was getting carried away) and I loved the excellent way he pointed out how the word ‘peace’ was missing in all of the gazillion repub ‘debates’.

        • 65 jacquelineoboomer
          May 2, 2012 at 1:02 pm

          Agree, and that was a quick save of the NY FF reference. I’m not sure I’ve heard anyone but Alec in quite that way mention the fact the Rs never specifically use the word ‘peace.’ That was fine tuned to perfection. He showed how we can really use the ‘celebrity’ factor to our advantage in this campaign, in support of that big (cute) guy in the White House.

          • 66 amk for obama
            May 2, 2012 at 1:08 pm

            That ‘peace’ piece was a very perceptive observation. I’ve never seen AB on teevee (except on 30 Rock) till today and he totally rocked it without the ‘star power’. Very smart guy.

            • 67 jacquelineoboomer
              May 2, 2012 at 1:12 pm

              One more quick one – and he inserted the peace piece in such a mature and thoughtful way, no one could pick it apart. Loved it.

        • May 2, 2012 at 1:08 pm

          I was “severely” (heh) impressed with the way Alec Baldwin conducted himself. He made excellent points and articulated them well. I’d love to see him go into politics.

      • 70 canadabarb4obama
        May 2, 2012 at 11:59 am

        I like Alec. He has always been a strong supporter of PBO.

        • 71 Mel
          May 2, 2012 at 12:12 pm

          Yes Alec was great! also RM she was very very good just excellent check out the vidio!!!!

        • 72 jacquelineoboomer
          May 2, 2012 at 1:03 pm

          Me, too. Didn’t realize he’s been so intimate with the political scene in NY and beyond. I’m glad.

          • 73 miss pat
            May 2, 2012 at 1:45 pm

            I think his name his being mentioned as our next mayor. But I also think he has a temper and he also will tell people exactly how he feels about them. Bloomingberg (sorry, wrong spelling intentional) cannot buy another term. I think he should go for it.

    • May 2, 2012 at 12:11 pm

      he was hilarious last night, and I mean that in a serious way. totally delightful

  14. 75 Debz
    May 2, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Pete Sousa has photos from Afghanistan trip


    • 80 jackiegrumbacher
      May 2, 2012 at 12:44 pm

      The League of Women Voters has brought a lawsuit against the state of Pennsylvania in behalf of people like the 93 year old woman mentioned in Steve Benen’s article. This in addition to the lawsuit filed by the PA state senators and representatives. Tonight I’m going to a talk by someone from the ACLU on the lawsuit they’re filing. Please everyone pray and send positive thoughts to these lawsuits so that we can at least get a “stay” on this hideous PA law. We’re still pressing on, registering voters and getting them to the DMV for the IDs, but a stay would truly be a godsend.

      • 81 edp4bho
        May 2, 2012 at 12:55 pm

        The ACLU is joined in this effort by the NAACP, as well. The more, the greater potential for a stay. This is absolutely rididculous and oh so transparently racist and partisan. I missed an event last Saturday, no transportation yet. I am trying to persuade OFA to open a local office in my neck of Delaware County, like it had in ’08. Wish me luck.

        • 82 jackiegrumbacher
          May 2, 2012 at 2:17 pm

          According to our regional OFA director, offices will be opening everywhere in the coming weeks. So hang on.

  15. May 2, 2012 at 11:46 am

    • 84 jackiegrumbacher
      May 2, 2012 at 12:46 pm

      The can’t stand it, BWD. To accept that PBO is not only smarter than they are, but also smarter than most of the people on the planet, upsets their racist little world view so much, that they have to minimize his talents. They are truly pathetic, except they’re also sickening.

    • May 2, 2012 at 1:19 pm

      blackwaterdog, are you referring to the excerpts of PBO’s youthful letter excerpts from “Vanity Fair”? I, for one, was completely in awe at how he not only thought about philosophical/moral issues but how after deep thought and introspection, constructed a cohesive world view that served for a touchstone, a core, with how he makes decisions and acts in the real world.

      My point is he didn’t stop at surface, intellectual pontificating. The man is truly special

      • May 2, 2012 at 1:45 pm

        Obama’s letters are alright, I guess, but they can’t hold a candle to George W. Bush’s take on “The Waste-Land.”

      • 87 miss pat
        May 2, 2012 at 1:51 pm

        Indeed he is special. He wrote like an older adult, not someone just graduating from college and trying to find his way.

  16. 88 Suzette
    May 2, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Good morning all.
    Just getting into the office, but I have to check TOD first to catch up on all that my President has done.

  17. 89 Dudette
    May 2, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Badass Photos From Barack Obama’s Surprise Trip To Afghanistan

    President Obama made an unannounced, at-one-point-denied visit to Afghanistan yesterday to sign a “strategic partnership” with the Afghan government to begin the drawdown of U.S. troops.

    On the anniversary of the death of Osama bin Laden’s death, President Obama told U.S. troops there was ” a light on the horizon because of the sacrifices you’ve made.”

    The agreement is designed to send a message to the region that the U.S. is not abandoning the country even as it sharply reduces its footprint there, ABC’s Jake Tapper reported.

    White House photographer Pete Souza was on hand to capture the visit along the way โ€” and as usual his photos do not disappoint.

    Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/pictures-of-obamas-trip-to-afghanistan-2012-5#ixzz1tjFIa2no

  18. 94 99ts
    May 2, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    It’s 2am in my world – I’m so glad your President is home safe – amazing photos from Pete Souza – what a unique role to be with the President to record all these events.

  19. 96 utaustinliberal
    May 2, 2012 at 12:14 pm

  20. 112 daisydem
    May 2, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    I am so excited by that caption on the last photo : In two weeks he gets to go home (to Chicago-I love Chicago) for the NATO Summit! That will be awesome!

  21. May 2, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    I don’t even want to hear Friday’s jobs report. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    • 116 4morefor44
      May 2, 2012 at 12:46 pm

      it’ll probably show what, 27 or 28 straight months of private sector job growth. and as PBO said in the recent speech where he dismantled “trickle down economics,” the unemployment rate would be approx 6% right if not for all the t-bagging governors slashing government jobs around the country. progress is good.

      • May 2, 2012 at 1:04 pm

        Oh, we would have been out of the woods by now, if not these traitors, but you know that this is not how the story will be told by the media. And people don’t care, they always blame the president. In short, we’re for a very tough fight.

  22. 118 carolyn
    May 2, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    The story of his emotional and cultural journey reminds me of several children of missionaries I’ve known after they returned to the U.S. They lived all their lives in some far distant place, children of American parents, but not truly Americans themselves. When they return here with their parents, their parents settle in to familiarity, not so the children. Many of them go totally off the rails, my heart goes out to them. ALL of them have to deal with re-entry culture shock, sometimes for years. A number of them satisfy these not- knowing- where- I- belong feelings by entering the U.S. foreign service, or working for international corporations, or becoming missionaries themselves. They truly are never comfortable here.

    He is amazing, in that he thought about it, worked through it, and made his decision where to belong, and does belong. However, for many totally untraveled, old white Americans, he will never belong, he will always be the other, because they cannot in any way imagine his background.

    Younger people don’t have a problem with this. They travel, pick up and go to other countries, other areas to live, and admire this kind of cosmopolitan background. The students at our university are encouraged to participate in foreign travel and study. It is a big emphasis with us, and most of them do have some kind of “other” experience before they graduate. For some, it is leaving the little Oklahoma home for social service in Chicago, or L.A……but wherever they go, their eyes are opened and their lives are never the same. This is the generation who truly gets Pres. Obama.

    • May 2, 2012 at 1:36 pm

      What a beautiful comment, carolyn…and so spot on! I tell my younger relatives and friends to get a passport just in case. There is no better education than travel, with the caveat that one is open to new experiences and care enough to assimilate them.

      carolyn, I’d love to see your comment showcased by our beloved Chipsticks; I think it would inspire a great discussion.

    • 120 sabreen60
      May 2, 2012 at 5:03 pm

      Wonderful comment. I have also noticed that because of social media – Twitter – Facebook, etc. young people “friend” people all around the world. They learn about different cultures from their friends. These kids may never go to these other countries, but they are exposed to them none the less. As an example, early on my son had a white South African and an Asian roommate. He really doesn’t care what your ethnic background is as long as he likes you.

  23. 121 Linda
    May 2, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Chad Nance, a Winston-Salem freelance journalist who is currently active in electoral campaigning, says poll workers outside the early voting site at the Forsyth County Government Center in downtown Winston-Salem reported to him that the wife of NC Sen. Peter Brunstetter remarked today that her husband sponsored legislation to put the marriage amendment on the primary ballot โ€œto protect the Caucasian race.โ€

    Nance said he recorded a conversation with the woman, whose name is Jodie Brunstetter, on video, and that she confirmed that she used the term โ€œCaucasianโ€ in a discussion about the marriage amendment, but insisted that otherwise her comments had been taken out of context by other poll workers.

    Nance until recently served as campaign manager for Matt Newton, a Democratic candidate for the 12th Congressional District. Nance announced on Facebook today that he was resigning from the campaign because of Nanceโ€™s reaction to his plans to publicize Jodie Brunstetterโ€™s alleged remarks. The Newton campaign has not responded to an e-mail request for comment about the resignation.


    They are all terrified of the browning of America…..

    • 122 jacquelineoboomer
      May 2, 2012 at 1:32 pm

      Yes, all non-racists walk around using the word “Caucasian” in their speech. Got it. Yesterday, I went to the grocery store and asked for some Caucasian Bread. Right. Nothing eye-opening there, Jodie Brunstetter, whoever you are.

  24. May 2, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    OMG, this is BRILLIANT!!

    Check out this photo!!

  25. May 2, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    This from Sully:

    Another writes:

    I just read your post and decided that was the last straw.ย  I am a gay Republican supporting Mitt until today.ย 

    I just sent his campaign an email requesting they remove my name from their call list because of Ricย Grenell’s resignation.ย  I will not contribute nor will I vote for a candidate that allows this type of witch hunt to happen in his campaign.ย  This was a moment when a good person stands up and says enough but Mitt decided he could not be that person.ย 

    Up until this point, I have not really bought into your Christianist rhetoric and the take over of the Republican party… forgive me, I am late to the game.ย  But because I live in North Carolina and because my partner is about to have our first child, I face my own moment.


    • 130 edp4bho
      May 2, 2012 at 1:02 pm

      Ho hum. Still confused she is. She’s still a Republican.

    • May 2, 2012 at 1:06 pm

      bitchslapped by reality

      • 132 utaustinliberal
        May 2, 2012 at 1:51 pm

        Couldn’t have said it better. It took this moment to wake her the hell up? After all they’ve done in the past to demonize the LGBT community? After GWB in 04 basically ran a campaign excoriating the LGBT community? After the horrendous anti-women and anti-LGBT policies of the last year? This is what woke her the hell up? Better late than never I guess.

    • May 2, 2012 at 1:18 pm

      So this is a gay woman who is a Republican and supported Romney? Wow, it’s about time.

      • 134 Liberal Librarian
        May 2, 2012 at 1:24 pm

        I really don’t understand gay Republicans. How can you identify with a party that sees you as sub-human?

        • May 2, 2012 at 1:35 pm

          The height of cognitive dissonance. Very strange.

          • 136 Liberal Librarian
            May 2, 2012 at 1:44 pm

            I understand being a “gay conservative”, depending on how you define conservatism. But being gay in a party whose base would probably feel comfortable making you wear a pink triangle is mind-boggling.

            • 137 57andfemale
              May 2, 2012 at 2:35 pm

              The ‘gay conservative’ cares about his/her taxes and doesn’t care about anyone else. That’s what defines them

            • May 2, 2012 at 5:13 pm

              “Wearing a pink triangle”

              You’re too kind.

              In the late ’90s I contemplated completing a trifecta on my bicycle trips coast to coast in the US, by riding from Jacksonville, Florida, to Jackson, California.

              I was warned, by my acquaintances from the US, that that trip would take me through Texas, whose inhabitants wouldn’t look kindly to a single man on a bicycle.

              I heeded their calls – and I am a heterosexual, white male.

              • 139 yardarm756
                May 2, 2012 at 5:37 pm

                In Texas you gotta have a pick-up truck with a gun rack in the rear window if you’re a real man. ๐Ÿ˜†

    • 140 PoliticalJunkessa
      May 2, 2012 at 1:23 pm

      What’s with all these self-hating gay republicans? Why are they always so shocked and hurt when the anti-gay GOP does anti-gay things? ๐Ÿ™„

    • 142 donna dem 4 obama
      May 2, 2012 at 1:24 pm

      I have never been able to figure out how any gay person can be a Republican. It is simply beyond my comprehension. Then suddenly they get these “light bulb moments” when this stuff has been staring them in the face all along. Geesh!!!

    • 146 Ladyhawke
      May 2, 2012 at 1:24 pm

      Romney: Still Good at Firing, Bad at Being Human

      By Charles P. Pierce


      First of all, it’s hard to know who is more pathetic here, the Romney campaign for its unique capacity to be both ruthless and feckless, or the fact that there still are gay people who are amazed when a Republican politician โ€” particularly a Republican politician whom the Christianists already believe is part of a cult โ€” suddenly bows to the whims of the Bible-bangers and sells a gay person out. I mean, not that Grenell was any bargain; reporters covering the United Nations have been quite openly saying that, in his days working for Bolton, Grenell was notable for his ability to deal in barefaced non-facts, and his Twitter account was a farrago of slander and half-baked wingnut nonsense. (Matt Bai a liberal?) But the Romney people decided on a cynicism double-back-flip-with-a-twist, allying themselves with the notably-wrong-about-everything wingnut foreign policy community and reassuring gay people and credulous reporters that Romney is really “moving back toward the middle” โ€” and failed to stick the landing. As the candidate once said, he does love firing people. And he’s good at it.



    • May 2, 2012 at 1:51 pm

      Get your head out of the sand! Late to the game indeed. Unbelievable!

  26. May 2, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    108 charged with Medicare fraud, half a billion in bogus claims. Glad they’re going after these fraudsters, can’t believe the extent of it.


  27. 149 Squarepeg
    May 2, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Have u guys read the Vanity Fair piece? It’s amazing. Can you believe he wrote like that at TWENTY-TWO???? Dang!

    • 150 itgurl_29
      May 2, 2012 at 1:10 pm

      I know, right. I didn’t understand half of it. He’s one of the great intellects in history. There’s nothing he can’t do and it’s been that way his entire life. And I love that it pisses off all the right people.

    • 151 PoliticalJunkessa
      May 2, 2012 at 1:16 pm

      May sound corny, but I am holding off reading it until I get home. I have a feeling it will have quite an effect on me….

  28. 154 57andfemale
    May 2, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    • 155 amk for obama
      May 2, 2012 at 1:19 pm

      Excellent. Though it’s a ding on dems too in a way.

      • 156 Liberal Librarian
        May 2, 2012 at 1:22 pm

        Not really. The Dems don’t control the calendar. And when Nancy was in charge, she made them WORK. So much so that the GOP constantly whined about not getting enough breaks.

  29. 158 Liberal Librarian
    May 2, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    I wonder how long it took Ezra to come up with his bit of snark. The jealousy is palpable.

  30. May 2, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    The more clips I see of Brian Williams interview with PBO and other Sit Room subjects on the bin Laden raid which airs tonight, the more I think it is truly going to be a very interesting hour. With Andrea Mitchell just now, as they discussed how the planning was so “closely held”, no spouses or high level WH personnel were told, Williams said Obama told him that they had to edit a bin Laden joke out of his WHCD presentation because the speech writers did not know what was unfolding, that PBO said he really had to put on his acting face that night as his mind was elsewhere.

    • 168 PoliticalJunkessa
      May 2, 2012 at 1:21 pm

      I’ve already set my DVR. Can’t wait!

    • 169 jacquelineoboomer
      May 2, 2012 at 1:22 pm

      *his mind was elsewhere*

      Yes, everywhere else the rest of us don’t even know exists. The man is AMAZING. I blame his mother. Ha!

    • 170 amk for obama
      May 2, 2012 at 1:29 pm

  31. 171 Linda
    May 2, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A Republican Missouri House member has publicly announced he’s gay and is calling on GOP leaders to end legislation that would limit discussion of sexual orientation in public schools.

    Rep. Zachary Wyatt held a Capitol news conference Wednesday at which he said he was disclosing his sexual orientation for the first time. Wyatt and several other lawmakers denounced a bill that would prohibit teaching, extracurricular activities or materials that discuss sexual orientation unless they relate to the scientific facts about human reproduction.


    • 172 jacquelineoboomer
      May 2, 2012 at 1:25 pm

      If this trend of coming out – one by one – continues, maybe the numbers would grow and Republicans would learn to accept and love their fellow man or woman a little more, no matter their sexual orientation, and quit seeking to hurt them. Does anybody have a bridge they’d like to sell me?

      • 173 amk for obama
        May 2, 2012 at 1:46 pm

        I’ll talk to that tundra twit and get back to you on that. Also.Too.

        • 174 jacquelineoboomer
          May 2, 2012 at 5:43 pm

          Oh, you can talk to tundra twit, amk, but no need to get back to me on that. Don’t make me sorry I brought it up. ๐Ÿ™‚ You betcha. Freedom.

      • 175 yardarm756
        May 2, 2012 at 1:50 pm

        Sure. But the deck and rails need repair because of excessive dry rot. ๐Ÿ™‚

        • 176 jacquelineoboomer
          May 2, 2012 at 5:52 pm

          Hey, amk, smooth-talkin’ bridge salesman here, if you want to mention to tundra twit. Looks like he can spout just the talking points to get some of them there Recovery Act funds, which she’d be so good at securing, if she weren’t a quitter. Then both of you can keep me out of it! ๐Ÿ™‚ Freedom. Lamestream Media. Obama’s fault.

  32. 177 amk for obama
    May 2, 2012 at 1:32 pm


  33. 179 Liberal Librarian
    May 2, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    OK, Sully is on FIRE about Grenell’s “resignation”. Good reading.

    And, my new piece is up on TPV: http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2012/05/how-dare-you-attack-us.html. Take a look if you can.

    • 180 AnitaW
      May 2, 2012 at 2:36 pm

      Honestly, I don’t want anyone to be discriminated against, but Grenell was his own sort of bigot. IMO the only think that’s key is Romney’s silence on the resignation.

      • 181 Liberal Librarian
        May 2, 2012 at 2:45 pm

        Fully understand what you’re saying. But Grenell will just be replaced by another bigot. The thing is that this new person’s bigotry won’t be an issue in the way it was for Grenell, because this new person won’t be gay. If Grenell had been a strapping heterosexual male, he’d still have a job.

        • 182 AnitaW
          May 2, 2012 at 2:47 pm

          Agreed. Its just that Grenell is sucking the oxygen out of the air.

          • 183 Liberal Librarian
            May 2, 2012 at 2:52 pm

            The good thing is that it’s another self-inflicted wound by the Romney camp. If he can’t stand up to the religious nuts, how can he stand up to China, etc. And the fact that it happened while PBO was in Afghanistan is just icing on the cake.

  34. 184 amk for obama
    May 2, 2012 at 1:35 pm

  35. 185 ChristiMTL
    May 2, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    ”The Swift Boating of Obama Has Begun”


    The ad is disgusting of course, especially coming from these hypocrites…..it worked with John Kerry but it won’t work this time, no way.

    But there’s a little gem in the ad

    Arianna Huffington ”despicable comment”

    She must be so proud! I’m going to send her a tweet to congratulate her….

  36. 190 amk for obama
    May 2, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Looks like even ras can’t cook up the polls like they used to do last cycle.

    • May 2, 2012 at 2:01 pm

      Californians have joined Nevadans working their butts off to make this happen. So great to see the tide actually turning!!

      • 192 amk for obama
        May 2, 2012 at 2:05 pm

        Excellent. All the blue states should work their butt off in the nearby red/purple states to flip them.

        • 193 donna dem 4 obama
          May 2, 2012 at 2:40 pm

          My State of MD is working their hearts out for Virginia and PA. So far so good. The latest poll has PBO leading in Va by 8 points as well and folks in Va are Fired Up for this rally this weekend. I wish I could be there ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

          • 194 amk for obama
            May 2, 2012 at 2:45 pm

            That’s excellent news donna. We need to shrink and choke the red states to death. Politically speaking of course.

  37. 195 Linda
    May 2, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Mitt Romney In Virginia: I’ll Do ‘The Opposite’ Of What Obama Has Done For Economy .

    Good Plan Mitt…..you just told America you want to take us back to a recession/depression…

    This guy is frieghtening

    • 196 Cheryllou
      May 2, 2012 at 2:02 pm

      Romney can’t help himself. He has be opposite of whatever the President is for or else he’ll be crucify by the right. A lot of them don’t trust him.

    • 197 anniebella
      May 2, 2012 at 2:10 pm

      I like to leave afew comments for the Republicans when I visit other sites, I tell them that you guys know Mitt Romney isn’t worth sh*t. It was you Republicans who beg for anyone else to run, Christie, Daniels, Bush. Only after the flip flooping liar has been stuff down your throats, you want to sing his praises.

    • 198 Ladyhawke
      May 2, 2012 at 3:04 pm


      Romney vows to do ‘the opposite’

      By Steve Benen


      Four years ago, the economy is shrinking; now it’s growing. Four years ago, the economy was hemorrhaging jobs; now it’s gaining jobs. Four years ago, the unemployment rate was going up; now it’s going down. Four years ago, the stock market was crashing; now it’s reaching new heights. Four years ago, the deficit was getting bigger; now it’s getting smaller. Four years ago, the American auto industry was on the verge of collapse; now it’s thriving.

      Is Romney sure he wants to look at the Obama administration’s policies and do the opposite?

      In this case, the opposite would, as a practical matter, mean European-style austerity measures, taking capital out of the economy, dramatically scaling back public investments, and prioritizing debt reduction over growth.



      • 199 Cha
        May 2, 2012 at 4:16 pm

        Zombey is a lazy ol fart. He doesn’t even know what PBO has done but he says he’ll do the opposite..thinking it will please the brainwashed. Willard the Dullard with a smug look on his pasty face.

  38. 200 Puddin'
    May 2, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Hello TOD family…my 99 year old grandmother fell and fractured her hip two months ago. She had surgery to stabilize the hip. She is home now (almost two weeks) after one week in the hospital and six weeks in rehab. She is doing well…she went to church this past Sunday! I am her only living (immediate) family. I have not slept at home in my bed since Mar 1st (sleeping in a chair at the hospital and rehab…in my granny’s recliner). I haven’t had much time to do anything else besides making sure she was being cared for properly and maintaining my business. This is my first time posting a comment, although I did check in most days for a few minutes.

    You all may already know this, but President Obama’s sister has a new book, AND THEN LIFE HAPPENS. Auma Obama has written an excellent book, it is a must read. Her picture is on the book cover…she is gorgeous!!

    Good to be back…

    • 201 donna dem 4 obama
      May 2, 2012 at 2:14 pm

      Puddin, your gran is blessed to have you in her life. I pray that her recovery continues well and that you are given the strength to remain attentive to her needs. God Bless you sweetie!

    • 202 miss pat
      May 2, 2012 at 2:23 pm

      Best wishes to your Grandma. And to you I give eyou lots of praise. You will be blessed. I am reading the book and it is good. And yes she is gorgeous, inside and out. Just like her brother. And smart too!

  39. May 2, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    Ditto. God bless you and give you the strength and wisdom needed.

  40. 204 amk for obama
    May 2, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    btw, stewart’s last night piece of rethugs faux poutrgae was spot on. He killed gillespie wtih his own words.

    • 205 donna dem 4 obama
      May 2, 2012 at 2:54 pm

      I saw that this morning. Although I cannot stand him and really don’t think he is funny this piece was totally on point.

      • 206 amk for obama
        May 2, 2012 at 2:57 pm

        Agree. Just saw it @ BJ. He is mostly misses than hits at this point, but this was spot on.

  41. 207 amk for obama
    May 2, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    • 208 donna dem 4 obama
      May 2, 2012 at 2:56 pm

      She nails it!

      I love this line at the end, “Whatโ€™s next? Maybe, as the folks at The Final Edition suggested โ€” if the economy keeps rebounding, Romney will simply claim heโ€™s been president all along.” ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜†

  42. 210 lamh35
    May 2, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Ok, so I read the Swiftboating of Obama article from the Atlantic Wire, and

    I don’t know if it’s gonna work this time though.

    1) Bin Laden is dead. Obama gave the order. The SEALS followed the order.

    2) whether or not you think the admin as been “politicizing” the killing. I dont’ recall Obama saying “I got Bin Laden” he always makes it a point to say he “authorized” a mission for the SEALS to take him out.

    3)anyone who remembers know what happened to Kerry in 2004, hell it’s why we call this type of ad “swiftboating”. The ad worked (or not or whatever) because first it was the first of it’s kind to get mainstream airplay and Kerry ’04 was way different than Obama ’12. People have an idea what one means when we say a politician has been “swiftboated”. It’s only gonna rile up Obama supporters and after Kerry, it will prob disgust independents, IMHO. This ads does nothing but give anti-Obama people another viral video to watch and rant off too.

    Anyone else think this ad will amount to a hill of beans outside the beltway?

    • 211 Liberal Librarian
      May 2, 2012 at 2:57 pm

      Short answer: No. Sen. Kerry was unknown outside the Beltway. And, as I make clear in my latest post on TPV, PBO isn’t playing by the same rules. He’s not playing the game on the GOP’s terms. In other words, Kerry reacted like the typical Dem of the past 40 years; PBO is not.

  43. 212 carolyn
    May 2, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    One reason I love teaching my college freshmen so much, is that they come from so many cultures and ethnic groups. This is at a small, religious college in the middle of Oklahoma, but I have a regular United Nations in one class. In addition to the Americans…..of all colors….there is a young man from Haiti, and one from Saudi Arabia. They are all beautiful. Their stories are poignant. The young Haitian man just wrote his personal experience paper over his trip to the other side of his island, the Dominican Republic, and how that trip knocked down his prejudices about the country and its people. This just emphasizes what I said earlier in the thread.
    Early in the semester I asked my young Saudi man if he was related to the royal family, he laughed and said “Everybody is!” Then, he sobered and said, “Yes, I am.” I call him my Saudi prince. He is so mannerly and elegant. When I see him I think of the story of the Queen of Sheba, and how he would have been a wonderful consort for her. I have two whose first language is Spanish, several young AA men, and one beautiful AA girl. Only two are traditional (for this college) Caucasian young people. Raven and I are the only females in the class. Their stories are powerful, and they work hard.
    I just graded their last papers and realized I am going to miss them, so just had to write about them. This generation is great.

    • 213 amk for obama
      May 2, 2012 at 2:52 pm

      Lovely story carolyn. When I was doing masters in 83-85 in Brooklyn, I had a eclectic bunch of classmates. Enjoyed those 2 years despite my disappointment with mondale fuck-up.

  44. 217 Regularguy
    May 2, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    He’s back! Can’t wait till the OFA team turns on the campaign cookers full blast. Mittens has no idea the organization machinery he’s up against. Messina, Ploufe and Axelrod will show the world how it’s done. Can’t wait!

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