This and That

President Barack Obama greets supporters along the ropeline at Reno-Tahoe International Airport in Reno, Nev., May 11, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


The longer version…..

Original Flip Flop Romney video here







11:15 AM: President Obama and VP Biden honor the 2012 National Association of Police Organizations TOP COPS award winners

Michelle Obama will deliver the commencement address for North Carolina A&T University’s graduation ceremony tomorrow



224 Responses to “This and That”

  1. 1 amk for obama
    May 11, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    :). Yellow wins

  2. 17 aristac
    May 11, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    When did AA get all this power? Did I miss something somewhere?

  3. May 11, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    Oh man. I have to get that New Yorker issue for my collection.

  4. May 11, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    It gets better mitt romney version his laugh at the end makes me cringe I hate bullys

    • 23 vcprezofan2
      May 11, 2012 at 10:29 pm

      More than the bullying aspect of the incident, Mitt’s laughter IMO highlights his total cluelessness and his insensitivity. Even if at the time of the cruelty he was too ‘young’ to have empathy, etc (yeah, I know age has nothing to do with this character trait), given all that has been happening in our time with regards to ‘It Gets Better’ an individual with an ounce of feeling would not have laughed. If you think about it, Mitt’s laughter, at least in his public life, always seems to come at the expense of someone else’s pain. He is IMO one mean, heartless, selfcentred individual.

      • 24 Carole
        May 11, 2012 at 11:36 pm

        If you consider the recent comments Romney has made in certain situations with these publicized incidents in high school, I am led to conclude that he is a mean spritied person. The recent comments I’m referring to was his unnecessary dig out the cookies being from the local 7-11 (instead of a simple, Thank you), his unnecessary dig at President Carter (in re: the killing of Bin Laden), his unnecessary dig about the rain ponchos while his was in Florida.

  5. 25 GGail
    May 11, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    How is it that 6 people have posted BEFORE I get the email in my inbox about the new thread?

    • 26 Pamela
      May 11, 2012 at 9:10 pm

      We are fired up, GGail, and very freakin’ fast (sometimes)! I was tossed for posting too quickly, this is not the first time I hae been chastised! Oops, oh well! 😆

      • 27 GGail
        May 11, 2012 at 9:13 pm

        I’m beginning to think that amk and others blocked my notification just so they could be FIRST. ::lol:

        • 28 vcprezofan2
          May 11, 2012 at 10:35 pm

          You know you might have a point there GGail. In my case someone tampered with my log in at just the moment I was about to log in. Of course all this presumed chicanery only whets my appetite for the next round. 😆

        • 29 amk for obama
          May 11, 2012 at 11:10 pm

          Well, I did call dibs on all future first posts. So you can’t say you weren’t forewarned.

          And don’t listen to vc. She is a CT nut.

  6. 30 utaustinliberal
    May 11, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    Those babies are too cute for words.

  7. 34 Tally
    May 11, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    • 35 Walking_on_ Sunshine
      May 11, 2012 at 9:47 pm

      Asshole! and who is that horrible woman? How can a person be so against people who work for a living that they want to take all their rights away? I want to swear. I want to swear really really bad.

  8. 41 Tally
    May 11, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    • 42 GGail
      May 11, 2012 at 9:16 pm

      And Mitt can’t claim he didn’t know about gays back then because I remember back then that they were call “sissy’s” and “fags”

    • 43 jackiegrumbacher
      May 11, 2012 at 10:00 pm

      That about sums it up, Tally. A sociopath, bully and a mean-hearted horse’s ass. Just the right candidate for the republican party.

  9. 44 anniebella
    May 11, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    What time will FLOTUS be speaking at N.C. A&T?

  10. 47 prettyfoot58
    May 11, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    i do not like….ED Rendell…he does not like the President….and he told the President to man up regarding gay marriage…but he always gives the President back handed compliments…..

    i mute my TV when he comes on…

    • 48 Puddin'
      May 11, 2012 at 9:40 pm

      I don’t like him either! I seems as though it hurts him to say something positive about President Obama…he always has a ‘but’ after he says something supportive. I don’t like him.

    • 49 jackiegrumbacher
      May 11, 2012 at 10:03 pm

      Fast Eddie Rendell is a hasbeen. I doubt even his family cares about his opinion. He had a chance to make a difference in PA and he blew it.

      • 50 Alycee (@jazziz2)
        May 11, 2012 at 10:43 pm

        co-sign. he was only one step better than the current gov.

      • 51 jacquelineoboomer
        May 12, 2012 at 1:33 am

        *I doubt even his family cares about his opinion*

        So funny, Jackie! And if I didn’t detest Ed Rendell so much, I’d just keep laughing at him.

        • 52 Left-Indie
          May 12, 2012 at 6:53 am

          He is one of those Clinton die hards. I get the feeling the Obama team kept him at arms length, didn’t treat him like the bigdog he believes himself to be. Still, he is waaaaaaaaaaay better than this monster they have now for govner.

  11. 53 utaustinliberal
    May 11, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    Those kids in the ‘Mother’s Day’ video are just precious.

  12. 54 utaustinliberal
    May 11, 2012 at 9:19 pm

  13. 56 anniebella
    May 11, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    I want to sent FLOTUS a Happy Mother’s Day wish. How do I do that?

  14. 62 utaustinliberal
    May 11, 2012 at 9:29 pm

  15. 63 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    May 11, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    That first video…..I can’t stop laughing 😀

  16. May 11, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    I love this pic. His face is like “Pfffft….Me? Scared of Romney? Fuggedaboutit! OR “who stunk up the place?”

    • 67 utaustinliberal
      May 11, 2012 at 9:39 pm

      Go Fuck yourself Dan Choi. Go Fuck yourself.

    • 69 hopefruit2
      May 11, 2012 at 9:40 pm


    • 70 desertflower
      May 11, 2012 at 9:42 pm

      We can all sleep now. Glad he’s voting for the one guy that ALWAYS had his back.

      • May 11, 2012 at 9:47 pm

        Hope Dan Choi doesn’t think the President moved on his feelings about marriage equality because of that stunt he pulled at the White House (he chained himself to the fence, didn’t he?)

        • 72 desertflower
          May 11, 2012 at 9:49 pm

          Yes he did chain himself to the fence…in uniform. He’s lucky he’s not in the brig right now, I would think! He is quite self absorbed so I suppose he could think that it was HIS fault that the President made this announcement. Jerkoff.

          • 73 yardarm756
            May 11, 2012 at 11:59 pm

            df we wouldn’t have his sorry ass in a Navy brig. He’s Army and he goes to the stockade.

        • 74 Sandy1110
          May 11, 2012 at 10:56 pm

          Yeah, some of the people who’ve been talking absolute crap about POTUS since his inauguration are now patting themselves on the back for getting him to do the right thing. Fools.

    • 75 collegekay
      May 11, 2012 at 9:43 pm


    • May 11, 2012 at 9:44 pm

      He is a single issue voter!

    • 77 japa21
      May 11, 2012 at 9:45 pm

      Glad to hear it Dan, always wondered why you wouldn’t give PBO a break in the past. But glad to have you aboard. And bring as many others aboard the Good Ship Obama as you can. We need all the help we can get.

      • 78 hopefruit2
        May 11, 2012 at 9:49 pm

        I have a theory that this guy may have had untreated PTSD and instead of being encouraged to seek help he was exploited by the media and others who should have known better. For all you know he’s seen the light, gotten some help, gotten stabilized with medication and now has a different perspective on things.

        Another theory is that he’s just looking for attention and possibly trying to get back on the TV screen.

        • 79 japa21
          May 11, 2012 at 10:15 pm

          I don’t care. If somebody wants to join the po get PBO re-elected, I am going to throw them overboard, specially when they rightfully or wrongly can bring others along. Now is not the time to hold grudges or to play the purity game.

          • 80 japa21
            May 11, 2012 at 11:06 pm

            I am not going to throw them overboard if the want to work to get PBO re-elected. Horrible typing. I may have to go back to lurking.

          • 81 yardarm756
            May 12, 2012 at 12:04 am

            You’re japa21 but it’s hard to hug someone who once spit in your face.

      • 82 Cha
        May 11, 2012 at 10:44 pm

        That’s the way I feel, japa. I hate his past actions of hate but I am totally glad he’s not being like some emosuckers and still whining about PObama!

    • May 11, 2012 at 9:46 pm

      Oh wow, I guess we should get down on our knees and kiss his boots. I hope this puts an end to his foolishness but I won’t count on it.

    • 84 Me4obama
      May 11, 2012 at 9:49 pm

      F**k U Choi.

    • 86 Lorraine
      May 11, 2012 at 10:05 pm

      Who cares!

    • 87 lisalovesobama
      May 11, 2012 at 10:40 pm

      Guh—rooooooooooss!!! Booooooooooo

    • 88 vcprezofan2
      May 11, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    • 90 nospin
      May 12, 2012 at 9:01 am

      You can take your vote and shove it.

      But I am sure POTUS is too gracious to say all that.

  17. 91 desertflower
    May 11, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    WTF IS THIS???????????? He wants to get RID of regulations, that lying POS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  18. 106 Me4obama
    May 11, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    ROFLMAO Chips did you make those videos of FLIP FLOP Mitt if so they are about to go viral. YouTube is so unkind to RomBULLY.

  19. May 11, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Pres.Obama’s declaration apparently upset some people. I was treated to an anti-gay rant at the bus stop. Man even had a megaphone. Going on and on about ‘its Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve’ and “politicians aren’t the moral authority’ ( right, but you standing on the sidewalk shouting at people, you’re the moral authority?). No one was really listening but he was going on and on as if Pres.Obama said it was mandatory and he just had to run out and tell the whole world that homosexuality is wrong etc. etc.

    Oh and this was a black guy.

    • 108 Me4obama
      May 11, 2012 at 9:54 pm

      Well, he is ignorant. Polls came & people support PBO

    • 109 hopefruit2
      May 11, 2012 at 9:55 pm

      Meanwhile, he’s probably on the DL with the same Steve that he’s lambasting at the bus stop. I think these people are in the minority, and they will find themselves increasingly marginalized and outdated. Just like the Teabaggers who are breathing their last gasps. Progress is happening, and if you don’t get with the program, then get out of the way. Period.

    • 110 Cha
      May 11, 2012 at 10:47 pm

      Oh F**k! God/AND/OR/Goddess LOVES EVERYBODY. That’s the way I feel about it.

    • 111 desertflower
      May 12, 2012 at 2:15 am

      Ignorance is colorblind

    • 112 nospin
      May 12, 2012 at 9:07 am

      The USA is not a Christian nation as most would like you to believe. The Constitution and the laws prohibit discrimination. We as citizens swear to uphold the laws and to protect and defend the Constitution. The Constitution also guarantees the right to practice your religion or none at all. Which means, your opinion and faith is just that . . . yours.

      Everyone is required to uphold the laws and religion has nothing to do with policy making. It is two separate things.

      Arguing with him is a non starter, but if you bring their attention to the core of the issue, which is the laws of the land and the Constitution, there is no legitimate argument to be made.

  20. May 11, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    When is PBOs first commencement address this year?

  21. 116 desertflower
    May 11, 2012 at 9:53 pm


    But while the U.S. economy under President Obama continues to outperform the austerians in Europe, American growth and employment numbers could have been much better. Better, that is, if steep cuts by state and local governments hadn’t undone the indisputable job creation benefits of the federal stimulus. Thanks to intransigent Republican governors and their obstructionist GOP allies in Congress, the shrinking American public sector has slowed the recovery from the Bush recession and added a full point to the U.S. unemployment rate.

    That’s the word from Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal, where Justin Lahart explained that the “unemployment rate without government cuts: 7.1%.”

    • 117 jackiegrumbacher
      May 11, 2012 at 10:12 pm

      It’s good the WSJ is admitting this. Now I want to see it in USA Today, the front post of the NYT and Wapo and on every network. People need to know who is holding us back and they need to know it now.

  22. May 11, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    When we designed our TIGER program here at DOT, we wanted a competitive grant process that rewarded communities for coming together to solve problems. Towns, cities, counties, regions–they know what they need to help get people from place to place and boost economic development, and we wanted to hear their ideas.
    Salt Lake City, South Salt Lake City, and the Utah Transit Authority put together a strong partnership and submitted an innovative idea that made the most of the community’s resources and strengths: the Sugar House Streetcar. And yesterday, I had the great pleasure of helping that community celebrate a very festive groundbreaking for the new line


  23. 121 desertflower
    May 11, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Must Read! Romney’s master plan…since he HAS no ideas of his own….


    Two funny things happened this week on Mitt Romney’s way to the White House. First, the man who cried “let Detroit go bankrupt” announced “I’ll take a lot of credit” for President Obama’s million-job saving rescue of the American auto industry. But just as telling was the Republican’s claim that, despite Obama’s “Forward” campaign slogan, it was the President who was “looking backward.” After all, Mitt Romney isn’t merely offering an even more reactionary resurrection of George W. Bush’s failed policies. As it turns out, from his charges on immigration reform and women’s issues to labeling Obama an out of touch “Marie Antoinette” and so much else, Romney’s strategy is call to the kettle black.

    (Click a link below for the details on each.)

    “Looking Backward”
    “Out of Touch”
    “Spent Too Much Time at Harvard”
    “Hide-and-Seek Campaign”
    “Broke His Promise to Hispanics”
    “Respect Women in All Those Choices That They Make”

  24. 124 hopefruit2
    May 11, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    Anyone excited with the beginning of yet another “Lockup” weekend marathon on MSNBC?

    This is how excited I am: *CLICK*

    • 125 desertflower
      May 11, 2012 at 10:06 pm

      I always wonder why they put on top rated movies or something…wth wants to watch prison shows? Have we devolved THAT low?

      • 126 desertflower
        May 11, 2012 at 10:07 pm

        Lord…I always wonder why they DON’T put on top rated movies 🙂 It’s too early for me to be so squirrelly….

    • 127 goldendreamer
      May 11, 2012 at 11:19 pm

      OMG I know! Why can’t they have, ya know, more INTELLIGENT programming on the weekends? Especially when I’m always in class when Rev. Al and Prof Dyson is on.

  25. 128 lamh35
    May 11, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Good night TOD.

    Gotta go to work this weekend. Watching Bridesmaids for like the 25th time.

  26. 130 desertflower
    May 11, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    Excuse me, but at what fucking point in time is the media going to come out and blast this asshole????????????


    Romney Blames Obama For Foreclosures After Telling Homeowners Not To ‘Try To Stop The Foreclosure Process’

    • 131 jackiegrumbacher
      May 11, 2012 at 10:24 pm

      DF, it’s always opposite day in the house of Mitt. And that includes all houses and mansions already built and about to be built. I think people need a little plastic Romney decoder ring (showing my age). If it’s coming out of his mouth, it’s a lie. If he’s blaming the president for something, he did it himself. The code is simple cause he’s just so predictable. Honestly if anyone were forced to listen to this man and his tedious wife for any length of time they’d be bored into a coma.

      • 132 desertflower
        May 11, 2012 at 10:27 pm

        I know…he’s SUCH a slime. I would have more respect for anyone that had policy ideas, even if they were not what I would agree with. This guy is a FLAT OUT LAZY LIAR!

    • 133 57andfemale
      May 11, 2012 at 11:20 pm

      I remember the statement but I’ll have to paraphrase: let the foreclosures happen and investors will sweep them up and rent them out. Let vulture capitalists profit from kicking people out of their homes. An effing monster.

  27. 135 desertflower
    May 11, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    I wanted it to embed…

  28. 136 desertflower
    May 11, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Or this…good memories:)

  29. 149 hopefruit2
    May 11, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    I’m almost wishing I was the baby in that first picture – almost. 🙂 🙂

  30. 150 lamh35
    May 11, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    Alright TOD, I’m out. In the words of Martin Lawerence “See ya when I see ya”

    • 153 desertflower
      May 11, 2012 at 10:49 pm

      Of course he does.

    • 154 Obama Grandmama
      May 13, 2012 at 12:11 pm

      So Mitt thinks it’s okay for gays to adopt kids because it already allowed, but it is not okay for those kids parents to marry because they are not a man and a woman. REALLY? How does that make any sense? Trying to have it both ways?

  31. 160 desertflower
    May 11, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    Mitt in a nutshell:

    Narcissistic personality disorder

    Narcissistic personality disorder is a condition in which people have an inflated sense of self-importance and an extreme preoccupation with themselves.

    Causes, incidence, and risk factors

    The causes of this disorder are unknown. An overly sensitive personality and parenting problems may affect the development of this disorder.


    A person with narcissistic personality disorder may:

    React to criticism with rage, shame, or humiliation

    Take advantage of other people to achieve his or her own goals

    Have excessive feelings of self-importance

    Exaggerate achievements and talents

    Be preoccupied with fantasies of success, power, beauty, intelligence, or ideal love

    Have unreasonable expectations of favorable treatment

    Need constant attention and admiration

    Disregard the feelings of others, and have little ability to feel empathy

    Have obsessive self-interest

    Pursue mainly selfish goals

  32. May 11, 2012 at 10:57 pm

  33. 168 desertflower
    May 11, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    anotherslyfox turned me on to this….:) I’m grateful….amk, this will wake you up!

  34. 176 FoxfireTX
    May 11, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    I’ve thought long and hard about this bullying incident with Romney, and in the past I’ve described him here as mean and even cruel in some of his comments and interactions on the campaign trail. Yes, we all did things in high school we are not proud of, but for the life of me I cannot imagine participating or condoning the type of behavior set forth in this incident. I have concluded that character is indeed formed by the time we are 18. That doesn’t mean we can’t change, but the inner soul and values are there and formed. Tonight I went back and read an extensive piece that David Maransiss did on PBO in August of 2008 in the Washington Post documenting his history and early years. His high school friends describe him as “kind and protective,” even in high school. In short, I believe that the things described about these men from there high school days reflect who they are today. Unfortunately, there are many voters, particularly here in the South, who would much prefer a leader who is a bully to one who was and is described as kind and protective. But I believe the vast majority of Americans will swing to PBO’s character when push comes to shove.

    I won’t be around much this weekend but wishing everyone a great one, and a particular;y warm wish for all the mothers!

    • 177 desertflower
      May 11, 2012 at 11:31 pm

      Thank you Foxfire:) I was listening to Randi Rhodes today, and she mentioned the same thing. That SOME people would think that Romney being a bully is a GOOD thing. How screwed up is that?

    • 178 Walking_on_ Sunshine
      May 11, 2012 at 11:37 pm

      The President is kind and protective but he’s also tough and fearless. He has demonstrated physical, moral and political courage that Mitt Romney could never come close to.
      Mitt Romney is only brave when picking on those weaker than himself and even then he has to have his “pack” with him. Barack Obama is brave in the defense of those who need him to stand up for them. Barack Obama is a real man.

      • 179 amk for obama
        May 11, 2012 at 11:41 pm

        The way mittbot went running to his old pal to speak good about him speaks volumes about his despicable character. I just hope most americans aren’t that stoopid to fall for his crap.

        • 180 Walking_on_ Sunshine
          May 11, 2012 at 11:56 pm

          The Dems have two things going for them; love of the President and horror at the right wing mess the Republicans have become. The Republicans only have negatives to motivate them.

  35. 181 desertflower
    May 11, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    Be back soon, family…dog food run!

  36. 182 LadyTNT
    May 11, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    Desertflower, what you know about this?

    • 183 desertflower
      May 12, 2012 at 12:17 am

      I never heard this before! I thought this was another song called “Love Power” that I remember from back in the day…can’t remember who sang it though…now it’s bothering me.

  37. 184 Carole
    May 11, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    If you consider the recent comments Romney has made in certain situations with these publicized incidents in high school, I am led to conclude that he is a mean spritied person. The recent comments I’m referring to was his unnecessary dig about the cookies being from the local 7-11 (instead of a simple, Thank you), his unnecessary dig at President Carter (in re: the killing of Bin Laden), his unnecessary dig about the rain ponchos while his was in Florida. It adds us to pure meaness.

  38. 185 amk for obama
    May 11, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    Tamron Hall smacks down mittbot spokesman

  39. 188 japa21
    May 12, 2012 at 12:01 am

    night all

  40. 190 amk for obama
    May 12, 2012 at 12:10 am

    VIDEO- What makes Mitt Romney chuckle: Abusing dogs, gay schoolmates, employees, Medicare recipients, the sight-challenged…


    maddow vid

  41. 191 hopefruit2
    May 12, 2012 at 12:19 am

  42. 195 amk for obama
    May 12, 2012 at 12:23 am

    At this rate, benen’s chronicles will replace brittanica encyclopaedia for the most volumes.

    • 196 desertflower
      May 12, 2012 at 12:33 am

      He should put these in book form and sell them…I wish he’d make tons of money! Seriously…we haven’t even gotten into summer silly season, and there are already 17 VOLUMES of Mitt lies!!!

  43. 197 Bill R.
    May 12, 2012 at 1:39 am

    GOP insiders are freaking out, need to change views on gay rights: This from a memo intercepted by Andrew Sullivan: http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/2012/05/top-gop-pollster-to-gop-reverse-on-gay-issues.html
    Apparently they are worried that PBO’s move has given him the initiative on this issue.

    • 198 desertflower
      May 12, 2012 at 2:08 am

      Well, isn’t that special. Too late for them though. The Teabaggers have taken over the party and they won’t be having ANY of this! You lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas! I would venture to say that this should also include ANY social issue…the country is WAY beyond where these wingnuts are. This may be their Waterloo.

      • 199 jackiegrumbacher
        May 12, 2012 at 7:43 am

        DF, Romney would be crucified by his wingnuts if he shifted on gay marriage now, weeks before the nomination. This is exactly what they said he would do and they would be alienated and disgusted. He sold whatever remnants of his soul he had left to the tea party and there’s no going back. Of course, being a lying hypocrite has never stopped him before, but people are going to get whiplash from all his flopping around and the smell of phony is going to get overwhelming.

    • 200 anniebella
      May 12, 2012 at 3:45 am

      Can Mitt flip flop on the gay marriage issue? I don’t think so.

      • 201 anniebella
        May 12, 2012 at 3:46 am

        We know he has on just about any other issue.

      • 202 nospin
        May 12, 2012 at 9:28 am

        If he can flip flop on the auto industry, nothing is off limits.

        I think the man has a chronic disorder. He can’t help himself and the most boggling aspect is that when he flips, he actually believes that was the view he always held.

    • May 12, 2012 at 6:41 am

      “Apparently they are worried that PBO’s move has given him the initiative on this issue.”

      Yeah, that would be a first, wouldn’t it ….

      Sigh, when will they stop underestimating this guy (I’m starting to wonder if that isn’t an aspect of their racism).

      Remember, the “gaffe” by Biden last Sunday must be seen as “Reconnaissance”.

  44. 205 amk for obama
    May 12, 2012 at 4:16 am
    • 206 professorx10
      May 12, 2012 at 6:28 am

      Any questions?

    • 208 nospin
      May 12, 2012 at 9:25 am

      I think the thing that gets lost in terms of religion is that the Constitution states you have the right to a religion AND the right to have no religion at all.

      That is what is causing all the mix up. They forget the second half of the requirement which is why you get the Say Pays saying the USA is a Christian nation. No it isn’t.

      • 209 nospin
        May 12, 2012 at 9:27 am

        another thing is that Christianity isn’t the only religion. Everyone has the right to practice their own. Even Mormonism (here’s looking at you Romney).

  45. 213 amk for obama
    May 12, 2012 at 6:56 am

    • 214 hopefruit2
      May 12, 2012 at 8:47 am

      But this is not even news, really. PBO has been pushing pro-LGBT legislation from day 1 and has pretty much given the indication that he’s moving towards complete equality for the LGBT community, yet his support among Blacks has remained sky high – the highest of any single demographic over the last 3 years. So I’m not sure why the MSM seems to be surprised with this latest move and it’s (non) effect on Black support.

      Al Sharpton, David Dinkins, David Patterson, Corey Booker and Jesse Jackson have all OPENLY endorsed SSM as politicians, and their support among their Black constituents did not diminish for that reason!!

      Yes, the Black community must address the homophobia that plagues the Black Church, but on the national level for this country to move forward, the focus needs to be primarily on the White evangelical and Mormon groups who are mobilizing and have 6 times the collective power and financial influence of the Black church!

  46. 215 amk for obama
    May 12, 2012 at 7:13 am


    • 216 Ladyhawke
      May 12, 2012 at 7:42 am

      Brilliant. President Obama, as always, is working tirelessly for the American people. And that includes the Teabaggers whether they like it or not. Yes, he is trying to make their lives better too. What a snob?

      Meanwhile, the Republican Party has been doing nothing but sabotaging the economic recovery. They spend all of their time trying to blame President Obama for the countries problems while pretending they had nothing to do with it. Mitt Romeny and the GOP should be known as the Do Nothing – Please Look At That Shiny Object Party. That’s their governing strategy. They have disdain for the American people. They are not fit to take the oath of office.

  47. 217 amk for obama
    May 12, 2012 at 7:29 am

    In 2010, there was an effort — led mostly by freshmen Democratic senators like Tom Udall and Jeff Merkley — to reform the filibuster. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid squelched their campaign. Last night, he apologized to them on the Senate floor:

    If there were ever a time when Tom Udall and Jeff Merkley were prophetic, it’s tonight. These two young, fine senators said it was time to change the rules of the Senate,and we didn’t. And they were right. The rest of us were wrong — or most of us, anyway. What a shame…

    Mr. President, I am finished here, but I just want to say again, for those that are listening here or watching, Senator Udall and Senator Merkley want to do something to change the rules regarding filibuster. If there were anything that ever needed changing in this body, it’s the filibuster rule, because it’s been abused, abused, and abused.

    Reid’s comments came after Republicans filibustered his attempt to move a House-passed compromise reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank. But the proximate cause of Reid’s ire hardly matters. The point is that he’s concluded he was wrong to oppose filibuster reform when Democrats had the chance.

    • May 12, 2012 at 8:15 am

      Harry, You think? WHY did you believe MM? WHY?

      • 219 amk for obama
        May 12, 2012 at 8:27 am

        Yup, a case of too little, too late. Imagine if he had had the cajones & foresight to do it in 2008 (even before udall &merkeley) , how many bills, how many appointments could have been pushed before 2010 happened. Heck, it could have even changed the 2010 electoral map.

        • 220 Ladyhawke
          May 12, 2012 at 8:49 am

          Like I said yesterday, you can’t make a gentleman’s agreement with a group of politicians who are morally bankrupt. You can’t call the senate the greatest deliberative body in the world when one party shuts down deliberation. Talk about a delayed reaction Harry. I understand there is this desire for comity but there was no reason to think the Republicans were going to change their behavior. They made no secret of their intentions. Filibuster abuse has rendered the government dysfunctional. But we knew that early on.

          • 221 prettyfoot58
            May 12, 2012 at 9:45 am

            Goooooood Morning….Chips…GM TOD…

            i think Harry Reid came to this conclusion…a lil bit ago….but in this time of telling it like it is…he decides to do the same….
            we the voters have to give him the chance to make up for it….


  48. 222 utaustinliberal
    May 12, 2012 at 7:44 am

    Good Morning TOD! 😀

  49. 223 Elle in MI
    May 12, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Good morning TOD!

  50. 224 amk for obama
    May 12, 2012 at 8:41 am

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