‘Economy Has Recovered All Private Sector Jobs Lost Since PBO Took Office’

ThinkProgress: As of April, there are now more private sector jobs in the United States than there were in January 2009, when President Obama took office. You read that right. We have now replaced all of the private sector jobs lost while Obama has been president. And that was no mean feat, given that over the course of 2009, the private sector shed about 4.2 million jobs.

Unfortunately, the news is not nearly so good when it comes to the public sector, where there are currently 607,000 fewer people working than there were when President Obama took office.

The chart below tells the whole story. Under President Obama, the private sector has experienced a relatively robust recovery, and is now back to where it started when he took office. The public sector continues to shed jobs, and as a result, the overall jobs picture in the US remains weak. If you want to understand why conservative efforts to slash funding for teachers, firefighters, cops is bad for the economy, look no further than this graph.

Thanks BWD



169 Responses to “‘Economy Has Recovered All Private Sector Jobs Lost Since PBO Took Office’”

  1. May 4, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Oh my. I was going back to the other thread to print something from Linda and here I find a new thread. 🙂

  2. 8 Elle in MI
    May 4, 2012 at 5:27 pm


  3. May 4, 2012 at 5:39 pm

  4. 12 ChristiMTL
    May 4, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    I don’t know if it was posted

    Media Goes Silent as Gas Prices Fall After Obama Crack Down On Oil Speculation

    As recently as last month, Mitt Romney was still blaming President Obama for the price of gas, “He gets full credit or blame for what’s happened to this economy and what’s happened to gasoline prices under his watch and what’s happened to our schools and what’s happened to our military forces — all these things are his responsibility while he’s president.”

    Speaker of the House John Boehner went as far as to claim that gas prices could cost Obama the election,

    The media was happy to give the Republicans a free forum and plenty of airtime to use to blame Obama for gas prices


    • 13 ChristiMTL
      May 4, 2012 at 5:49 pm

      I don’t know how you guys are paying now but in Canada it’s , well these days, approx 1.45 a liter. 1 gallon is 3.7 liters ( I had to look). So basically we’re paying about 5.36 a gallon…..

      I checked on google to know why Canadians are paying more than Americans.

      First thing I read was this message in a blog.

      ”Why do Canadians pay more than Americans? It’s because Canadians are inferior and must pay a 20-30% inferiority tax. That’s why Canadians pay on average 30% more than Americans.”

      Ha! I have a feeling it’s not the reason lol

  5. May 4, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Good grief…….

    Mitt Romney’s campaign is working hard to steal President Barack Obama’s spotlight this weekend, when the president is set to hold the first major rallies of his 2012 re-election campaign.

    At Ohio State University in Columbus, where Obama is set to speak around 1:25 p.m. ET on Saturday, Romney aides are planning to circle the candidate’s campaign bus…..


    • May 4, 2012 at 5:46 pm

      SO JUVENILE. Gah, Romney needs to get a grip.

    • 16 utaustinliberal
      May 4, 2012 at 5:46 pm

      He’s a pathetic scumbag.

    • May 4, 2012 at 5:49 pm


    • 19 Liberal Librarian
      May 4, 2012 at 5:49 pm

      I mean, this is beyond desperate and pathetic. I really have no snark suitable for it.

    • 22 Criquet
      May 4, 2012 at 5:49 pm

      The only way he will ever experience , even if vicariously, a proper crowd!

    • 23 ChristiMTL
      May 4, 2012 at 5:50 pm

      Again?????? OMG they are pathetic.

    • 24 Linda
      May 4, 2012 at 5:52 pm

      I hope the SS expands the zone so far no one see that stupid bus.

    • 25 lamh35
      May 4, 2012 at 5:54 pm

      wow so the robmey strategy really is to what stalk the Obama campaign wherever they go WTF kind of strategy is that?

    • 28 Britt
      May 4, 2012 at 6:05 pm

      Mitt and his aides are delusional if they think circling their bus around will steal the attention from POTUS and what he is going to say.

    • 29 Linda
      May 4, 2012 at 6:29 pm

      The Secret Service needs to expand the zone so no one sees them…..

      • 30 nospin
        May 4, 2012 at 11:06 pm

        That is also my take. I know SS will not allow them to come in close range as to circle the Presidents’ bus.

    • 31 Ladyhawke
      May 4, 2012 at 6:39 pm

      Exactly what is this supposed to accomplish? Are they planning on heckling President Obama while he is speaking to supporters? This sounds like a teen age prank not something that a presidential candidate would do. Apparently, Romney feels it’s his turn now to be in the Oval Office and this election is a nuisance. But so far, Romney is showing just how shallow and unqualified he is for the job:

      1) He criticizes President Obama for everything. Basically, vote for Romney because the other guy is a disaster.
      2) He provides no specifics about what he would do differently.
      3) He uses his wife as a crutch.
      4) He writes lots of op-eds where he can lie with impunity.
      5) He is avoiding Meet The Republicans and Face The Republican Nation. Bob Schieffer and David Gregory invite him every week and so far he has declined.
      6) He lies, distorts and makes stuff up on a regular basis. Steve Benen has enough material for a book deal.
      7) His foreign policy is incoherent. His advisors are former GWB administration officials.
      8) His economic agenda is basically an updated version of GWB. (No taxes for the wealthy, no regulations)
      9) He has embraced the Ryan budget plan.
      10) He is a disgusting opportunist. He tried to use the China dissident issue for political gain.
      11) He is a puppet for Grover Norquist.
      12) He is beholden to the radical right wing.
      13) He allowed the radical right to brow beat him into accepting the resignation of an openly gay employee.
      14) He is joined at the hip with Bob McDonnell of vaginal probe fame.
      15) He copies everything President Obama does. He has no creative or original ideas of his own.
      16) His opacity is a badge of honor.
      17) He disrespects President Carter with belittling wisecracks.
      18) Romney conveniently omits any discussion of his dismal record as Governor of MA.
      19) Romney pretends he’s so patriotic but his has his money in Swiss Bank Accounts.
      20) Romney essentially bought his presidential nomination by outspending his opponents.

    • 32 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      May 4, 2012 at 6:44 pm

      LOL! MittUnfit doesn’t realize, this is the “big leagues.” Hopefully, the crowd will give the Rombots the appropriate response — hearty laughter in their face!

      • May 4, 2012 at 7:06 pm

        Given how less than enthusiastic some of his own people are, shouldn’t he be having his own rallies? Or maybe the problem is that nobody really wants to go to one of his rallies, so he hopes to piggyback off of Obama’s.

        This stunt won’t impress any undecideds at the Obama rally, and just fire up the rest. BTW, he also is going to phonebank at the rally too….

        • May 4, 2012 at 7:14 pm

          Also, its going to probably push the undecideds INTO Obama’s camp. People do not like Romney, and this stunt is not going to convince them to give their support to him.

        • 35 nospin
          May 4, 2012 at 11:11 pm

          “Or maybe the problem is that nobody really wants to go to one of his rallies, so he hopes to piggyback off of Obama’s.”

          I think you are on to something. Maybe they want the perception that this is a Romney rally OR those folks really want to see President Obama and decided to make this up just to be able to see how a real campaign is run.

    • 36 desertflower
      May 4, 2012 at 6:56 pm

      I call it “Circling the drain”…..:)

    • May 4, 2012 at 7:11 pm

      I’m sorry, but Mitt Romney’s campaign has to be the most juvenile campaign I have ever seen. He knows President Obama’s rally is going to be huge and dwarf every Mitt Romney rally ever conceived. If he does what he is trying to do, doesn’t he think that this will paint him more as a mean, out of touch asshole who has to follow the President to get any press. Also, he’s going to piss off a lot of Obama supporters, who at that function would not only vote forthrightly for President Obama, but make doubly sure Mitt Romney eats the pavement. This might really backfire on the Romney camp.

    • 40 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      May 4, 2012 at 7:24 pm

      Good evening Chips,

      I have a little message for the dude …

      And, others ….

      More on the way … 😉


    • 41 collegekay
      May 4, 2012 at 8:36 pm

      Romney is ASS! Nobody wants to come see him so he stalks the President. Fuck this guy.

      • May 4, 2012 at 8:37 pm

        + 1,000,000,000,000

      • 43 Cha
        May 4, 2012 at 9:37 pm

        Yeah, the creepy arch-bishop of LIARS is a f**king stalker. They want this to be about them and not about PBO starting off his campaign on a Full Moon in Scorpio on Cinco de Mayo. The thing about willard though is every idea ..everything he touches turns to shit. All he has is his LIES and his Swiss bank account on the backs of hard working Americans. And, of course, the sickingly brainwashed, warped masochists doing KOCHS” Dirty Work.

    • 44 Cha
      May 4, 2012 at 8:53 pm

      Thanks for the heads up, “anonymous willard campaign aide”. & they plan to get “more aggressive”. Read “won’t stop until there’s blood. It’s like those republicon swine posing as common gop activists who were beating on the doors in Miami to “STOP COUNTING THE VOTES”! They’re MFing FASCISTS..only this isn’t Al Gore..this is PBO who they’re messing with and us!

      I’m sure the Obamabots have something stunning planned..and ever so nice of stupid to spill their plans.

    • 47 Obama Grandmama
      May 4, 2012 at 10:41 pm

      When I was at an Eugene, Oregon primary rally in 2008 I noticed the Secret Service had the campaign bus location completely under control. Hope that is continued and the distractions are at a minimum. I am sure the opposition campaign wants to paint the picture that Obama is hated.

  6. 48 utaustinliberal
    May 4, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    FL Michelle Obama is doing a category on health and nutrition on Jeopardy! Wooohooooooooo!!!!!!!!!

    • May 4, 2012 at 5:46 pm

      What does that mean, exactly? Is she going to be on the show or wot?

      • 50 utaustinliberal
        May 4, 2012 at 5:50 pm

        She just did a category on Teen Jeopardy about food and nutrition and told the audience about one of Pres. Obama’s favorite foods. Then after the contestants answered her questions in the category, she talked about obesity, health, nutrition, and her new book about gardening.

  7. 53 Tally
    May 4, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Hey guys – I could use some help – go search for this guy on Twitter:


    and help me hand him his ass….

  8. 58 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    May 4, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Taking it to the jackals, one tweet at a time …


  9. 59 lisalovesobama
    May 4, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    O/T: so sad TV Land stopped showing the classics. In terms of politics, not much has changed:

    Archie discusses Democrats and energy:

    Archie on Equal Pay for Equal Work:

    Archie on Women’s Lib:

    Archie on Gun Control:

    • 60 ChristiMTL
      May 4, 2012 at 6:09 pm

      Nothing has changed….I watch the show once in a while on Deja View channel…..the last time I watched it, I couldn’t stop laughing….Edith was having mood swings (menopause)….it was hilarious.;;

    • 61 yardarm756
      May 4, 2012 at 6:48 pm

      Too bad there are some rwnj’s that live and die by this Bunker b.s.

    • May 4, 2012 at 8:30 pm

      I always loved his explanation of why goldfish are the best pets.

    • 63 Walking_on_ Sunshine
      May 4, 2012 at 8:47 pm

      I know it’s funny but it actually makes me sad that so much time has passed and so little has changed.

      • 64 lisalovesobama
        May 4, 2012 at 8:54 pm

        So true. I can be very discouraging how entrenched some people’s views are.

  10. 65 Bill R.
    May 4, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Swiss MItt, 47th in the nation as MA governor in job creation claims he can go down below 4% unemployment. Last one to do that was Bill Clinton. But Swiss MItt loves to fire people so I think he’s fibbing. Mainly Swiss Mitt wants a “fair” America where billionaires are free to hide their money in Swiss Bank accounts, the Cayman Islands, and other tax shelters. Swiss Mitt doesn’t like that name, but I think that’s the one we should all call him for the remainder of this election season, just to remind Americans of where Swiss MItt’s loyalties lie. $$$$$$$$$$

    • 66 anniebella
      May 4, 2012 at 6:04 pm

      When Mitt makes claims like that, you would think it would be up to the media to ask Mitt to let the people know how he plans to get unemployment under 4%.

    • 67 Pamela
      May 4, 2012 at 7:16 pm

      Bill Clinton had Bill Gates to make him look good… It was the IT surge that pulled us out of Rayguns trickle down recession, Bill Gates made up for all that. Clinton got the glory, he doesn’t mind keeping it either.

  11. 69 utaustinliberal
    May 4, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    Holy Smokes…..Rev Al just read some of the bills they passed in 2012: The Mark Twain Commemorative Coin Award, The Sportsman Heritage Award, The Fly Fishing Bill. WTF?!?! Seriously…..WTF. One knows they’re lazy but are you freaking kidding me? While the Obama Administration has been creating 4.2M jobs, the GOP has been screwing around.

    • 70 ChristiMTL
      May 4, 2012 at 6:11 pm

      It’s so disgusting, they’re just killing time hoping, praying, for a disaster……SICK!

  12. 71 Proud Former White House Intern
    May 4, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    Way to go PBO!

  13. 72 lisalovesobama
    May 4, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Can you believe this crap? We are still fighting about the same things!!!

    Warning: apologies to anyone who is offended by Archie’s language. The thing about All In the Family is that is was satirical. It’s not meant to offend but to show how ridiculous people’s views are. It’s like putting a mirror up to someone’s face so that they can see the problems in society:

    • 73 Liberal Librarian
      May 4, 2012 at 6:21 pm

      Archie Bunker was very formative for me. It taught me at a very early age to laugh mockingly at bigotry and stupidity.

      • 74 lisalovesobama
        May 4, 2012 at 6:26 pm

        yes! I was introduced to the show by my mom. It used to always come on tv land and I remembered the first time I watched it and laughed my ass off. I kept wondering if I should laugh because what he was saying was so bigoted. I was 12 and hadn’t really understood satire.

  14. 75 proudmemberofglobalzero
    May 4, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Hi. Just got home from volunteering at a school in need today. We remade the library, bought and filled the shelves with books after we painted, carpeted, and built the shelves ourselves. We also painted 3 murals though out the school. Each child went home with 7 new books to read in brand new back packs. We re landscaped, and distributed food to about 100 families in need. I am exhausted! Can’t wait to do it again later this month. Here is just one picture of the huge Library with all new books. Someone else had a better camera so she took them.


    The Library is so big this is just one corner of it. New computers too.

  15. 78 utaustinliberal
    May 4, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    • 79 anniebella
      May 4, 2012 at 6:41 pm

      We here knows that the unemployment would be better if it was not for the Republicans and there sabotaging the economy. This was their plan from day one. Boehner promise he was going to focus on jobs, jobs, jobs. He did , cutting them. McConnell and Boehner block any jobs bills from passing, because they don’t want people to find work, they want things so bad that people will blame Obama.

    • 80 jacquelineoboomer
      May 4, 2012 at 6:59 pm

      Have we ever seen this chart on any network or cable news programs, other than MSNBC? This graph is so easy to understand – worth a thousand words – lots of voters not paying attention would benefit from seeing it. I know we’ve all seen it grow, but just wondering how far reaching its draw has been.

  16. May 4, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Guys, watching Rev. Al and we have a lot of work to do. We need to send the Rock Center video all across the nation. That ad by Rove and his crones is WAY out there!

  17. 82 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    May 4, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    A story of success, despite intentional efforts to harm America, by President Obama – where he can make a difference. However, also a story of the success of GOP, particularly Governors, who have destroyed public sector jobs, because they can, no matter what the President does.

    And more ….


  18. May 4, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    What the hell is wrong with Libs? Charles Pierce mopes in his columns today as if there’s a funeral. Why? Because people like him have bought into GOp nonsense, changing reality before our very eyes. A jobs report that shows positive growth of 113,000 is now cause for breast-beating? What will it take for Dems/Libs to stick to the guts and principles NO MATTER WHAT!!!

    This defeatist attitude is what makes it possible for fraudulent Romney to move goalposts about what constitutes ‘good jobs recovery”. So now you have Charles Pierce blaming PBO’s DNC speech in 2004 as the reason the President did not “destroy” Republicans in 2009, because it made him too conciliatory. Huh?

    When GOP are blatantly wrong, disingenuous, & destructive, they don’t throw up their arms in despair. They double down on the evil, and back up their most dishonest politicians. Yet here we are with the most ethical hardworking Democratic President, one who has toiled without much help from his own party, being vilified by his fellow Democrats for not single-handedly destroying Republicans. WTF?

    How much help has Pierce and his ilk given beyond tapping on their keyboards? What happened to their much bally-hooed OWS this time around? These leftists have ZERO idea how to nurture a SUSTAINABLE movement. They know zilch about the relentlessness with which we need to persuade and push American people to act and vote in their economic interests. president Obama is the only liberal who has developed the persuasive language to move people to our cause. And move people is what he has been painstakingly doing since 2004 with nary a peep of assistance from Libs/Dems. This is not a job for one person. He cannot speak and amplify his own message too. We have collectively failed Pres. Obama & our country. The slogan was “Yes WE can”.

    If we fail to keep Pres. Obama in his job, it is we who will rued the day. He will be fine. The world will snap him up like a hot cake, and he will go on to bigger and more appreciative audiences. We will live in HELL under soulless and selfish Romney. Caligula will seem quaint by comparison

    • May 4, 2012 at 6:48 pm

      oops, I meant “rue the day”

    • 85 L3
      May 4, 2012 at 7:02 pm

      They are fair weather friends only with you when you don’t need them. When you need them they are either nowhere to be found, don’t know your name anymore, running around like chickens with no head, drowning their sorrows somewhere or preparing to leap off a bridge. Unfortunately, we have to get used to it.

  19. May 4, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    Oh no——after a brief respite, the multiple emails are back! What does one have to do to make it stop? I’m ready to pay the bribe.

    • 87 Liberal Librarian
      May 4, 2012 at 7:10 pm

      I’ve noticed how it happens. If you’re not logged into WP, and then log in, the email button is automatically checked on. If you post a comment with it checked on, you’ll get the emails. I noticed and checked it off before commenting.

  20. 90 Sharon
    May 4, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    Hilda Solis just gave a very spirited interview on BBC. Fewer people seeking jobs because many students are staying in school and the retirement of baby boomers. Asked what would help, she cited passing the bill that would add thousands of construction jobs. Good job by her.

    Crude oil today settled below $100 a barrel ($98.49). 6.1% drop for the week. The summary I read attributed that to expected increase in production by Iraq. Do we see this being reported anywhere outside of financial pages?

    Also the markets dropped quite a bit today, but the DOW is still well above 13,000.

  21. 93 Dakota
    May 4, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Could I be more disgusted with John Edwards? Probably…the trial isn’t over yet. Who knows what other vile crap will emerge.

    • May 4, 2012 at 6:57 pm

      I have not been following the trial as I am disgusted with him. . . he was on the short list for VP knowing what he had done. He could have withdrawn. Thank you President Obama for being the smart and intelligent person you are!

      • 95 itgurl_29
        May 4, 2012 at 7:09 pm

        He was never on anyone’s short list. Every dem candidate knew what he was doing. Notice how every time he’d go after Hilary or Barack, they’d never punch back at him hard. They all knew about the affair and the kid and he was a non-factor in their eyes.

  22. 98 Linda
    May 4, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Three-Judge Panel Lifts Republican Judge’s Stay Of Texas Planned Parenthood Decision |

    Earlier this week, Republican Fifth Circuit Judge Jerry Smith issued an unusual single-judge order staying another judge’s decision suspending a Texas law that cuts off funding for Planned Parenthood. Today, a three-judge panel of the same court, which includes Judge Smith, lifted Smith’s order — meaning that the Texas anti-Planned Parenthood law is suspended once again.

    As a practical matter, however, today’s order will have little real impact. The Texas law will not actually cut off the relevant Planned Parenthood funding until November, and today’s order expedites this case so that it will be heard in July. Accordingly, it is likely that the Fifth Circuit will have reached a final decision on whether to affirm or reverse the lower court’s pro-Planned Parenthood order before that order could actually make a difference.

    Good Grief… I am getting dizzy

  23. May 4, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    I really wonder if the Romney campaign is trying to provoke a nasty confrontation with PBO supporters.

  24. 102 desertflower
    May 4, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Full list of ALEC corporations. May have to get some kind of satellite provider…..and boycott the rest.


  25. May 4, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Fox mole moleing pays off—6 figure book deal, tentatively titled “Atheist in the Fox Hole”. BillO is furious.

  26. May 4, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    A photo of Barack Obama in a campaign video for French President Nicolas Sarkozy is upsetting the team of Sarkozy’s rival, Socialist Francois Hollande.

    Hollande’s campaign chief Pierre Moscovici said Friday he was surprised the photo of Obama and Sarkozy aired in the video and called the U.S. Embassy to discuss the matter. Hollande leads Sarkozy in polls before Sunday’s election.

    Another campaign staffer said Hollande’s aides are furious, fearing the image suggests that Obama — who is widely popular in France — is taking sides in the French presidential race.


  27. May 4, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    Nice write-up in Lexington, Ky. paper about the ceremony at the WH today honoring the Wildcats. I liked when their coach said that the first reaction of the players when they won the championship game was “We get to go to the WH!”

    • 111 Linda
      May 4, 2012 at 7:25 pm

      The last-minute invitation caused a minor political dust-up: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican and one of the president’s biggest adversaries in Congress, was invited to attend but declined. The reason: He’d planned to attend the festivities in the run-up to Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, another storied state sports tradition. But the conflict appeared to be more a quirk of the calendar than anything else.

      What a snob …

  28. 113 hopefruit2
    May 4, 2012 at 7:20 pm

  29. May 4, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    This is just a comment to get rid of the emails. Thank you LL! I didn’t notice the follow up comments by email box had been checked automatically when they made me log in again recently. Whew! Oh Happy Day!

  30. 115 desertflower
    May 4, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Sorry. I just wanted to check something…OSU tomorrow? !!! That’s MY school! It’ll be fabulous!

  31. May 4, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Is Tweety going to make me want to hurt him tonight?

    • 117 jacquelineoboomer
      May 4, 2012 at 7:34 pm

      Uh … not watching so it’s an uninformed guess .. but based on past experience … yes. Or maybe if you don’t want to hurt him, you could just rough him up a little bit. 🙂

    • 119 Ladyhawke
      May 4, 2012 at 7:39 pm

      Probably. He went after Mitt Romney pretty good last night for criticizing President Carter. That means It’s time for the pendulum to swing. I have a feeling his Let Me Finish will be a bit of doom and gloom because of the jobs numbers. Que the scary music. This is trouble for President Obama. I’ve been hitting the mute for a good part of the broadcast. The gasbags are insufferable. The incessant flapping of the gums and and analyzing of polls is starting to get to me. And we have six more months of this madness.

  32. 120 utaustinliberal
    May 4, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Ok…testing. Hopefully with me unchecking the “Notify Me Of Follow Up Comments Via Email” box, WordPress can stop pissing me off by flooding my freaking inbox.

    • 121 amk for obama
      May 4, 2012 at 7:56 pm

      That shit is the default option pisses me off too. FU wp.

    • 122 lisalovesobama
      May 4, 2012 at 8:13 pm

      Did it get resolved? If not, maybe you could try this:

      Okay, so I did a few things and now I’m not getting e-mails and the “notify me of follow-up comments via e-mail” thing at the bottom of the comment section isn’t automatically checkmarked. You can do all 4 of the things or you can experiment to see exactly which one did the magic. They are all simple to do and don’t take much time:

      1) Do what I said earlier, click on the subscription option link at the bottom of one of the e-mails and follow it to the WP site where there is a dialog box on the left. Click on the dialog box and unfollow and hit apply.

      2) Now look –I think–below the dialog box, you will see three headings like: site, post and I think date or time or something(horrible memory).
      b) hit ‘site’ and move to one on the topics that are listed, as soon as you get anywhere near one i.e: this thread’s topic, you’ll see the words delete in red appear. Do that for all of them. And then you’ll get a relatively long message about how you’ve deleted these topics, etc.

      3) Scroll up, you will see the WP logo with a .com at the end, beneath that you will see 4 options: (sites, comments, pending, settings) hit settings and you will get like 3 options, click ‘block all emails,etc”

      4) Finally, just go to TOD and you know that header that lets you know you’ve signed in? It’s got the WP logo, then ‘The Obama Diary,” then the word “Follow” when you are following there is a check mark infront of the word. When you are ‘unfollowing’, there is a + sign in a circle— this gets rid of that automatic checkmark that appears below the comment box.

      So these don’t take any time and I haven’t gotten any more e-mails and I just checked it so these steps should work.

      • 123 utaustinliberal
        May 4, 2012 at 8:37 pm

        Ok. I’ve done all you’ve said. Let’s hope this works because it’s so frustrating. Thanks.

  33. 125 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    May 4, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    Keeping it simple …


  34. 127 lisalovesobama
    May 4, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    What time’s the rally tomorrow?

  35. 128 forus50
    May 4, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    The headline by Think Progress is incorrect. It should say “the economy has recovered all private sector jobs since BEFORE pbo took office.

  36. May 4, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    So in addition to their sophisticated (middle school) plan to circle Obama’s campaign bus at OSU tomorrow, the Willard campaign also plans to set up a phone banking operation in an adjacent parking lot? What??? Are you kidding me? What is this, some juvenile student council campaign? “Rushing the quarterback” they’re calling it. These people are creepy dumbheads, not fit for prime time. Hardly.

    • 131 hopefruit2
      May 4, 2012 at 8:04 pm

      Don’t worry….this stupid gig will FLOP..it will become the joke of the year. The phone bankers will find themselves VERY frustrated as they try to explain on the phone why Mitt is it, while hearing people cheering and applauding PBO in the background. Secondly, the juxtaposition of PBO’s diverse ENTHUSIASTIC crowds with Willard’s bored and frustrated phonebankers is a TERRIBLE idea (who thought of this stupid plan?)

      By next week, they’ll be back to birtherism, and other nonsense because this stupid plan will FAIL!

      • 132 EDP4BHO
        May 4, 2012 at 8:23 pm

        This is one of the worst ideas anybody could have thought of. The parallels will be laughable at best. Imagine how on fire twitter will be, and the jokes coming from the night time comedians. Shameful, silly, transparently envious, and overall just plain evil. I cannot wait till he gets his ass kicked on national tv.

      • 133 nospin
        May 4, 2012 at 11:26 pm

        I am sure you are right. That I will absolutely LOVE to see.

    • 134 lisalovesobama
      May 4, 2012 at 8:18 pm

      Seriously? Wow. Juvenile isn’t even the word. How sad.

      • 135 lisalovesobama
        May 4, 2012 at 8:22 pm

        Plus the article say Willard people will be spying on the second rally then meeting up to provide a response. 🙄 that’s right, Willard! Show us your leadership skills! As swipe! They’re only doing this cause they’re scared.

    • May 4, 2012 at 8:39 pm

      It’s just their version of political gamesmanship. See if they can rattle team Obama. It won’t work but he’s got every right to try.

  37. 137 hopefruit2
    May 4, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Can someone tell us exactly when each rally is scheduled to begin in the morrow?

    • 138 lisalovesobama
      May 4, 2012 at 8:25 pm

      I think the first one is 1:25 and the second is 4:30. I think that’s what the article dotster posted said.

  38. 139 utaustinliberal
    May 4, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Prof. Michael Eric Dyson is filling in for Ed because Ed is on Real Time. This should be fun.

    • 140 Ladyhawke
      May 4, 2012 at 8:04 pm

      Romney is claiming that President Obama is a divider. Unbelievable. The man is shameless.

      • 141 hopefruit2
        May 4, 2012 at 8:06 pm

        Romney is claiming that corporations are people. Unbelievable. The man is heartless.

      • 142 anniebella
        May 4, 2012 at 8:15 pm

        Mitt Romney is a liar, and any Republican who supports this kind of man, they do so knowing what of a man Romney is. You have to ask yourself, what does that make them?

        • 143 COS
          May 4, 2012 at 8:23 pm

          I agree. Those business women who were standing behind him yesterday in VA have probably been helped by PBO’s tax cuts. Some of the folks who arein his audience know that he is a liar and what he is saying is not correct. I don’t understand how they could accept and applaud that.

    • May 4, 2012 at 8:15 pm

      He is doing a pretty good job 🙂

  39. 146 forus50
    May 4, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    And my correction is incorrect. It should say “the economy has recovered all private sector jobs lost since BEFORE pbo took office.”

  40. 151 Pamela
    May 4, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    “Fear, hate and suspicion narrow your mind – compassion opens it.”. ~ HHDL @DalaiLama. 30 April 2012

  41. 153 lamh35
    May 4, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    well, my 5 days of PTO is over as of tomorrow. Then I’m working for at least 2 weeks straight til I’m able to take off again.

    Also, it looks like that hospital job I applied for back home ain’t gonna be mine. My app still says under review since April 18th, but they reposted the position again. So unless they are hiring 2 positions (which just doesn’t happen often in the Micro lab), then I ain’t got da job. Oh well, I’m gonna try on Monday to call the HR dept to confirm my suspiscion but I suspect the fat lady has sung on that job.

    My sister thinks its racial (she thinks everything is…lol), I think it was because of the pay. Their loss though, I’m a DAMN good Micro tech.

    • 154 desertflower
      May 4, 2012 at 8:15 pm

      Did you ever call them and let them know that you would be in the area? I missed it if you did, sorry lamh35. Sorry that you think that you didn’t get this job. I know how bad that feels, trust me. Stay positive…you were meant for an even BIGGER opportunity!

      • 155 lamh35
        May 4, 2012 at 8:26 pm

        I didn’t go out of town after all. I probably would have if I could have found a reliable way to get there other than driving. My gut told me not to drive and we N’awlinians are a suspcious lot…lol. So I just stayed in DFW and took the last 5 days to just do nothing and just rest my mind most.

        Still, I was kinda regretting the app once I spoke to my sister who works there, but told me that she was meh about the place. She likes her co-workers but she couldn’t really say whether she like the place or not. Plus a friend of mine worked in the lab in another section and she was not a fan. She quit the lab as soon as she could. She said the pay was NOT gonna be good because the place was notorious for under paying so there was that too.

        So onward and upward.

  42. 157 desertflower
    May 4, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    I’m posting this again. Yes. It’s THAT important!


    Amazingly, the examples of individual mandates passed by the founders are so directly applicable that the claim that original intent precludes affirming the heath care act should become almost laughable:
    In 1790, a Congress including 20 Founders passed a law requiring that ship owners buy medical insurance for their seamen. Washington signed it into law.
    In 1792, another law signed by Washington required that all able-bodied men buy a firearm. (So much for the argument that Congress can’t force us to participate in commerce.)
    And in 1798, a Congress with five framers passed a law requiring that all seamen buy hospital insurance for themselves. Adams signed this legislation.
    In aggregate, these laws show that the Founders and the Congress of the time were willing to force all of us to participate in a particular act of commence and were comfortable requiring both the owner of a business and the individual employee to buy insurance in order to assure that health costs would be covered at a societal level. That is a pretty complete rebuttal to all the claims being made by the originalists as they relate to the health care act.
    But what is so powerful about these historical finds is not just that they rebut the specific argument about original intent as applied to the health care act. This history lays bare the ahistorical nature of the justices’ claims at another and deeper level. For the types of bill passed in 1790, 1792, and 1798 show the Founders to have been doing exactly what congress did especially well in the era of FDR—–experimenting with solutions and approaches to resolving social issues in ways that made government part of creative problem solving.

  43. 159 andogriff
    May 4, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Now I get no comment emails, but no new TOD posts either! Can’t seem to get it right!

    • 160 desertflower
      May 4, 2012 at 8:16 pm

      You remedy that by just staying on forever…like we do:) I figured I don’t need to know when a new post comes up…I’m here anyway!

    • 161 amk for obama
      May 4, 2012 at 8:18 pm

      You need totick “Notify me of new posts via email” box.

  44. 162 daiseymay1
    May 4, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Comment to cut off emails.

  45. 163 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    May 4, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    One of my favs:

  46. 167 socasweet
    May 4, 2012 at 8:27 pm


    just trying to get rid of emails

  47. May 4, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Chips, you need to place the link from the Ed Show tonight with Dyson. He was awesome!

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