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Barnard

Graduate Britney Wilson reacts after hugging President Barack Obama before he delivered the commencement address for the 2012 graduating class at Barnard College in New York

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Apologies for the rubbish video, my streaming didn’t stream 😦 The sound is nice, though.

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… with Barnard College Board of Trustees chair Jolyne Caruso-FitzGerald


213 Responses to “Barnard”


  1. 1 collegekay
    May 14, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    ahem

  2. 27 hopefruit2
    May 14, 2012 at 12:47 pm

  3. 31 Ladyhawke
    May 14, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    Romney Campaign Massively Downgrades The Number Of Jobs It Claims He Created From 100,000 To ‘Thousands’

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    BuzzFeed’s Zeke Miller reports that, in the wake of the Obama campaign’s new ad attacking Romney’s record at Bain, the “new Romney jobs math” is significantly more modest than the old. This time, the campaign is asserting that Romney created a meager and vague “thousands of jobs” at Bain and “tens of thousands” of jobs as governor of Massachusetts.

    This is nothing less than an admission from the Romney campaign that their 100,000 jobs claim was entirely bogus, and acceptance that Romney created vastly fewer jobs than he claimed he had just a few months ago. It’s a welcome return to reality, but calls into question any piece of evidence the campaign puts forward. (In 1994, he claimed in an ad that he created 10,000 jobs at Bain.)

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    http://thinkprogress.org/election/2012/05/14/483676/romney-downgrades-bain-jobs/

  4. 34 amk for obama
    May 14, 2012 at 12:51 pm

  5. 35 Dakota
    May 14, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Good Morning TOD Family!

    Just wanted to let you all know that tomorrow is my birthday and on Wednesday I’m leaving for Brazil! Yes! Hubby and I will spend 4 days in Rio de Janeiro and 4 days in Salvador, Bahia. Very excited…been wanting to make this trip for a long time now. HOWEVER… but I expect you all to hold it down while I’m gone!

    • 36 Liberal Librarian
      May 14, 2012 at 12:57 pm

      Think of us while having caipirinhas.

    • 37 Tally
      May 14, 2012 at 12:57 pm

      WOOOT! Another TAURUS!!! HAPPY (early) BIRTHDAY DAKOTA!!!

      *****BRAZIL******

      Can I carry your bag? My BDAY is Thursday…. I haz passport. 😀

      I haz a jealous.

    • May 14, 2012 at 1:11 pm

      Rally around the Tauruses!! Happy birthday to you, Dakota! Looks like you’re celebrating in grand style. Savor every moment!

    • 42 Dudette
      May 14, 2012 at 1:11 pm

      Happy Birthday Dakota! Have a wonderful trip! Pass the word about TOD to everyone you meet along the way. 😀
      Safe travels!

    • 43 theo67
      May 14, 2012 at 2:23 pm

      Have a very happy birthday tomorrow! Safe travels – that trip sounds lovely.

    • 44 jackiegrumbacher
      May 14, 2012 at 4:03 pm

      Dakota, have a great, great birthday and a terrific trip. Please come back and tell us all about it!

  6. 45 Tally
    May 14, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    I’ve decided I’m going to try to do this every day, because I am SICK TO DEATH of the ridiculous GOPMEDIA™® not covering POTUS.

  7. 48 amk for obama
    May 14, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    • 49 jackiegrumbacher
      May 14, 2012 at 4:11 pm

      Yes they will, amk, and those women of the 2012 graduating class at Barnard will remember PBO for the rest of their lives. These women are our upcoming leaders. They are going to insist on good healthcare with no nonsense about contraception; they are going to demand fair treatment in every arena of life; and they’re going to make sure they have a place at every national and international table and in every major office, including the WH and SCOTUS. I look at these strong and intelligent women and I feel better about the future. Romney should look at these strong and intelligent women and quake in his boots.

  8. 50 amk for obama
    May 14, 2012 at 12:58 pm
  9. 56 hopefruit2
    May 14, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    • 57 Dudette
      May 14, 2012 at 1:06 pm

      Here’s some related video (pulled it from previous post):

      On Voice of America, Barnard seniors talk about Commencement
      http://barnard.edu/headlines/voice-america-barnard-seniors-talk-about-commencement

      Watch graduating seniors Jessica Blank ’12, Jaclyn D’Aversa ’12 and Sara Lederman ’12 discuss their experiences at Barnard and their upcoming Commencement ceremony on Voice of America. President Spar also comments on the significance of President Barack Obama speaking at a women’s college this year.

    • 58 jackiegrumbacher
      May 14, 2012 at 4:14 pm

      Who could. She’s speaking for most women in the United States who have a pulse and a brain.

  10. 62 Linda
    May 14, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Gag..

    cspan is showing Romney at Liberty U.before they go to Barnard.

  11. May 14, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    My TV is on C-Span–muted–because replay of Romney at Liberty. ??????????? WH is “okay”, not great……fits and starts. Is it being covered anywhere else??

  12. 65 hopefruit2
    May 14, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    DUMB: Willard giving a commencement address at Liberty University.

    DUMBER: CSPAN re-playing Willard’s commencement address at Liberty University.

    DUMBEST: CSPAN is re-playing Willard’s commencement address at Liberty University right before airing PBO’s live commencement address at Barnard College.

    • 66 utaustinliberal
      May 14, 2012 at 1:44 pm

      Haha. Ain’t that the truth.

      But maybe C-SPAN wanted to highlight the difference between turd (Romney) and gold (Pres. Obama)

  13. 67 Ladyhawke
    May 14, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    A CLOSER LOOK AT MITT ROMNEY’S JOB CREATION RECORD

    The Republican presidential contender says he learned about expanding employment during his time heading a private equity firm. But under his leadership, Bain Capital often maximized profits in part by firing workers.

    Los Angeles Times (December 3, 2011)

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    But a closer examination of the prospectus paints a different picture of Bain’s operation. Under Romney’s leadership, Bain became one of the nation’s top leveraged-buyout firms, helping lead a trend in which companies were acquired using debt often pledged against their own assets or earnings.

    Bain expanded many of the companies it acquired. But like other leveraged-buyout firms, Romney and his team also maximized returns by firing workers, seeking government subsidies, and flipping companies quickly for large profits. Sometimes Bain investors gained even when companies slid into bankruptcy.

    Romney himself became wealthy at Bain. He is now worth between $190 million and $250 million, much of it derived from his time running the investment firm, his campaign staffers have said.

    Bain managers said their mission was clear. “I never thought of what I do for a living as job creation,” said Marc B. Walpow, a former managing partner at Bain who worked closely with Romney for nine years before forming his own firm. “The primary goal of private equity is to create wealth for your investors.”

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    http://articles.latimes.com/2011/dec/03/nation/la-na-romney-bain-20111204

  14. May 14, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Apologies for the crappy video, my broadband sucks

  15. 69 Jessica
    May 14, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    This is nice and all but when the Prez gonna speak.

  16. 72 hopefruit2
    May 14, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    The seniors made a gift just for Sasha and Malia – how sweet and thoughtful!!!

  17. May 14, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Oh, how touching for the senior class to do that for Malia and Sasha!!!!

  18. May 14, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    This is a TERRIFIC introduction!!!!

  19. 78 TrumpDog
    May 14, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    He’s so damn CUTE!!!!!!
    I think the Barnard grads love him almost as much as I d

  20. 79 hopefruit2
    May 14, 2012 at 1:29 pm

  21. May 14, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Our President is sooooo handsome!

  22. 82 TrumpDog
    May 14, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Keep your friends close and your Barnard commencement speakers closer.

  23. 83 hopefruit2
    May 14, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Barnard is trending on Twitter 🙂 As it SHOULD. America is tuned in.

  24. 87 mtmarilyn
    May 14, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    It is so inspirational to listen to this President!!!!

  25. May 14, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    OMG, his ability to inspire never falters. Oh how his words bring comfort, revival and excitement to so many!!

  26. May 14, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Obama super PAC buying fresh ad time
    By ALEXANDER BURNS | 5/14/12 1:25 PM EDT
    The pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA Action is poised to go on the air again in a number of swing states, according to multiple sources.

    A strategist for the group confirmed that Priorities USA is buying broadcast TV time. A GOP media-buying source says the flights are running from May 15 to May 21.

    That overlaps with the high-dollar ad flights the Obama campaign is currently running, which include the commercial attacking Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital career and a positive ad on Obama’s record in office.

  27. May 14, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    OWS rushed into Campaign HQ in Chicago, 8 were Arrested.
    OWS- meh! You are part of the problem, protesting violently and shutting down Ports is not the answer.
    What a wasted movement!

    • 91 57andfemale
      May 14, 2012 at 2:02 pm

      They could form a coalition with Democrats and the President. They could do what the religious right did with Reagan, help establish institutional power, understand that progress takes a generation not a nanosecond.

      Can you imagine if Jerry Falwell had stormed the Reagan campaign headquarters because Roe v. Wade hadn’t been overturned instantly?

      Will the left EVER learn?

      Although how do you form a coalition with a group that said that they want to abolish ‘capitalism’, as I heard one of the OWS say on the radio yesterday? Stunning. Absolutely stunning in its short-sightedness and its abject irresponsibility of opening the door to more and more RWNJ’s .

      • 92 hopefruit2
        May 14, 2012 at 2:18 pm

        The OWS fringe are Ron Paul supporters – no way they’re going to form any DEM coalition.

      • 93 Lovepolitics2008
        May 14, 2012 at 3:11 pm

        The core activists of OWS are radicals. OWS will be soon reduced to just them. The hard left. And yes we have every reason to be concerned about the consequences. The media will give them coverage ad nauseam, and the GOP will happily work like crazy to associate this fringe with President Obama and democrats. I hope the Obama campaign is preparing for this.

  28. May 14, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    PBO to women graduates: “Don’t just fight for a seat at the table. Fight for the seat at the head of the table.”

  29. May 14, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    And the Barnstad President is a supporter, you can tell, with that introduction she gave.
    Bravo!

  30. 100 sherijr
    May 14, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    and of course I missed the whole darn thing.. I was really looking forward to this 😦

  31. May 14, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    That Story about him, in particular, when he was a Community Organizer, very powerful.
    Defines Him!
    Awesome. Just Awesome!

  32. 106 hopefruit2
    May 14, 2012 at 1:54 pm

  33. May 14, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Okay, this Sppech is fantastic, but how can Luke Russert come on tv and say, that the speech will be sliced and diced for the rest of Day?
    Meh!

    • 108 hopefruit2
      May 14, 2012 at 2:05 pm

      Jovie – you know the deal already. Enough with these irrelevant pundiots. Do you HONESTLY think that any of those Barnard graduates at that ceremony gives a kangaroo’s bottom what Luke Russert thinks? Do you think any of them even know or care who the hell Luke Russert is?

    • 115 hopefruit2
      May 14, 2012 at 2:08 pm

      One more thing..the speech may be “sliced and diced for the rest of the day” by those ignorant cable TV pundiots, but

      it will be digested, absorbed, assimilated and LIVED for the rest of the CENTURY by the remarkable women for whom it was created.

  34. 116 symmetry11
    May 14, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    HELP: How do I stop getting email notification re: comment? I forgot to uncheck the “notify me” box.

    • 117 utaustinliberal
      May 14, 2012 at 2:58 pm

      When you get one of those emails….click on the subscription link. It will take you to another page. Make sure you click on stuff that says you don’t want to receive any more emails and delete all the notifications you’ve received and up above there will be a series of words – can’t remember the words – but one begins with “S” click on that and make sure that you are definitely no longer receiving notifications.
      Also make sure when you comment again on TOD after doing those things, the notify me buttons have no check marks on them.

      Hope this helps.

  35. May 14, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    That was a honey of a commencement speech, quite glorious in fact. PBO never disappoints.

  36. 120 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    May 14, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Have grown to realize that the reason each of his speeches is so stunning is because of the deep substance and even deeper empathy he has for the primary subject – the people of America and the world, all of them.

    That said, WOW! What a fine speech to those young women – and to ALL women.

    #PRESSON

  37. 121 collegekay
    May 14, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    That speech was wonderful. He inspires me so much.

    • May 14, 2012 at 2:09 pm

      He is phenomenal. I also love how incredibly giddy the entire administration is to have him there. PRIDE.

      • 123 isonprize
        May 14, 2012 at 2:25 pm

        Plus, how cool is it for them that his sister Maya is an alumna. I’m sure that he had some real insight into Barnard that wasn’t the “admissions office” hype.

        • May 14, 2012 at 2:41 pm

          Yeah, I didn’t know Maya went there. He has a strong connection via Columbia and Maya so it’s very fitting that he gave such a great speech.

    • 125 anniebella
      May 14, 2012 at 2:10 pm

      We want that excitement seen today, we need the votes November 6th.

    • 127 collegekay
      May 14, 2012 at 2:09 pm

      GOP heads exploding in 3…2…1.

    • 130 Liberal Librarian
      May 14, 2012 at 2:17 pm

      What? Really? Awesome sauce!!!!

    • 132 57andfemale
      May 14, 2012 at 2:21 pm

      Politics! Politics!!

      Oh, STFU, Republicans.

    • 133 PoliticalJunkessa
      May 14, 2012 at 2:25 pm

      Checkmate.

    • 134 isonprize
      May 14, 2012 at 2:32 pm

      Of course it’s a bit of a misleading headline (and Mother Jones ought to know better). The text of the letters will read:

      This letter is to inform you that you will receive a rebate of a portion of your health insurance premiums. This rebate is required by the Affordable Care Act — the health reform law.

      Which, of course, is exactly what the letter should say. This really isn’t about Pres. Obama, it’s about the law, which has and will help plenty of Democrats AND Republicans. If Republicans don’t want their refund checks, I’d be more than happy to take care of that for them… 😀 😀

      • 135 Lovepolitics2008
        May 14, 2012 at 3:26 pm

        Not important that the letters don’t mention President Obama. The GOP has done a wonderful job in renaming the law “ObamaCare” ha ha ha…

        Now if the SCOTUS could just do the right thing…

      • 136 theo67
        May 14, 2012 at 4:16 pm

        I wish the explanation also had to explain that they were issuing a rebate because they spent more than 20% of the premiums on Administrative costs like lucrative executive bonuses. Tell people exactly why they’re getting money back, so they can thank the Republicans when they lose that cost control.

    • 137 jacquelineoboomer
      May 14, 2012 at 3:18 pm

      meta – This has certainly been done in the past for other Presidents, whatever their names were, I forget, before President Obama. I do remember that. 🙂

  38. 138 Don
    May 14, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Of course I missed the speech, my boss was coming into my office as it started and I had to turn it off because he wanted to talk for the hundredth time about a project that was completed before the deadline and came in under budget. But he’s a great boss, even though he’s young and kinda conservative.

  39. May 14, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    I thought the speech was especially poignant because he admitted how much he was thinking about Malia and Sasha’s future graduation and it almost brings him to tears. I could almost see that in his face as he stood there. He’s really a very sentimental man.

  40. May 14, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    That speech was just plain pretty. I will never stop being grateful for being able to experience the sheer, indefinable beauty of President Barack Obama.

    Who is this man, this lovely, lovely man?

  41. May 14, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    That was one of the most amazing inspirational speeches I have heard in a long time. Awesome!!! I just LOVE that man so much and by the look and sound of the students and guests there they feel the same about him. Best President Ever!!!! Sam UK

  42. May 14, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Listening to Ed’s show now. A fantastic interview with Elizabeth Warren.

  43. 152 hopefruit2
    May 14, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    • 153 anniebella
      May 14, 2012 at 3:56 pm

      We need that excitement to turn into going out to register voters, make calls, knock on doors, talk to friends and neighbors, and get out to vote.

  44. 154 Don
    May 14, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Awwww, Wall Street has a sad because President Obama was mean to them.

  45. 155 PoliticalJunkessa
    May 14, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    Can’t wait to see the speech later. Commencement speeches are among his best. PBO wore a Columbia blue tie for the event, I see. Makes me a bit nostalgic for home…… 🙂

  46. 156 57andfemale
    May 14, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    I read earlier that 34% of the electorate voted in NC on Amendment 1. In rural, white counties the vote was closer to 50% and about 28% in the diverse, more liberal counties.

    Call me crazy, but changes to a state constitution should only go into effect if a high percentage of the electorate votes, say 2/3 of a state’s voters. Anything else is batshit insane. It’s bad enough that the motivated minority of American voters have given us the most regresssive, dangerous Republican party in American history, but changes to a state constitution should require a whole lot more than a couple of crazies.

    • May 14, 2012 at 2:25 pm

      THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!THIS!!!!!!!!!!!

    • 158 Liberal Librarian
      May 14, 2012 at 2:27 pm

      And the liberal voters who put PBO over in NC in 2008 should hang their heads in shame for not going out and voting. Again, this is more than a pet peeve of mine. You have two basic duties as a citizen: one is to serve on a jury; the other is to vote. And Americans spend a lot of time trying to get out of both duties. It’s disgusting, when people in Syria are literally dying to overturn a dictatorial dynasty.

      • 159 isonprize
        May 14, 2012 at 2:36 pm

        You have two basic duties as a citizen: one is to serve on a jury; the other is to vote. And Americans spend a lot of time trying to get out of both duties.

        clap, clap, clap, clap. But, I wonder, does anyone still teach this is CIVICS class in school? Do schools even have civics class anymore? Seriously, do they?

        • 160 Liberal Librarian
          May 14, 2012 at 2:39 pm

          Well, I certainly never had civics class, and I went to high school in the 80s. It’s the project of the PTB to just turn us into mindless consumers, and leave the job of government to our betters.

      • 161 57andfemale
        May 14, 2012 at 2:56 pm

        I seethe with anger about this. Truly more than a pet peeve for me as well. I do not know what it takes to get our side to vote and do so reliably. The promise of ponies I suppose. As long as they are sufficiently inspired and entertained.

        The right has spent 40 years building an infrastructure. They built coalitions, inserted themselves in small government, school boards, etc. Think tanks, orchestrated talking points. THEN they looked for a spokesman (read: Reagan). It’s why even a freshman state congressman can sound more sure of his position than some of the spokespeople from the DNC (although this is much better under DWS and Steve Israel, the party has a long way to go to compete effectively on this messaging field). The party should be training each and every Democratic candidate on debate issues. Tammy Duckworth didn’t do so well in her first debate with Master Bully Joe Walsh. There should be an infrastructure for training our candidates.

        I read awhile back this excellent analogy: Nike wants to sell a lot of new-technology shoes. They do R & D, they line up the manufacturing, the parts, the workers, the supply chain, they make sure the shoe is ready for market. They test it, they are ready to roll out the product effectively with a steady stream of support on all levels. THEN they hire Michael Jordan to help sell the shoe.

        Democrats: they look for the spokesman and do none of the infrastructure work first. Without the star power, they don’t know how to effectively “sell” their message and their candidates. They’ve done nothing but cede the political discourse, waiting for their new hero, their new Bobby Kennedy. Hell, we ceded the entire damn media while the right consolidated their power of the airwaves. Think Progress, Media Matters are out there on their own. It’s why MoveOn can be great one day and off the rails the next. There is no infrastructure that coordinates. It’s why in NC the grass roots on Amendment 1 still hadn’t learned the lessons from Prop 8. Seriously, you still don’t know how to message that “against” actually means you’re “pro” gay rights? Or don’t they have the money, the manpower, the expert assistance of an infrastructure to help build the grass roots efforts into a coordinated progressive movement? Where instead of whining, “we’re a big tent so we fight amongst ourselves” our big tent looks like a monolith of fair-minded people who understand and celebrate and support the diversity that should be the bullwark of American civic pride?

        The Obama campaign is trying, but by the 2000’s, this should be a no-brainer. The President should be able to rely on an immense foundation of institutional support. Instead, it’s all about how inspired they are by one person. It’s actually okay to be motivated by your fear and loathing of the other side. That after the debacle of 2010 our liberal voters still don’t get that, infuriates me. I’m thrilled that the President is so beloved by these college students. They’d better vote in the numbers that make their support part of the movement but they never have. Not even in 2008.

        Oh hell. Institute a draft. And this time make it for young men AND women. That’ll get their attention. It worked for my generation.

        • May 14, 2012 at 3:32 pm

          57andFemale: Brilliantly written. I’ve been unable to articulate my visual image of the difference and you’ve nailed it! BTW Love your moniker – I’m 62 and female.

          • 164 57andfemale
            May 14, 2012 at 3:51 pm

            So am I, actually. It didn’t make sense to change my name every year,so I decided to keep the name I began using when I discovered that an old broad could blog.

            Thanks for the nice comment. I feel very strongly about this.

        • 165 carla4obama
          May 14, 2012 at 3:40 pm

          57…I hear you loud and clear. I get frustrated at the GOP, they drive me to tears with their hate and fear mongering, but our side, they drive me CRAZY….whine whine whine. “I’ll show him, I’m going to stay in my room (not vote) and cry because he didn’t give me everything I wanted.” It’s hard enough to move this country forward with the GOP holding the ropes, but our side is either sitting on the side waiting to get “inspired” or throwing stones. Is this harsh?

          • 166 57andfemale
            May 14, 2012 at 4:00 pm

            If it’s harsh then I feel very harshly as well. I HATE that the built-in excuse is, “Well IF PBO had done what I told him to do, I would have voted so it’s his own damned fault.”

            Doesn’t it make equal sense that there is no compelling reason to do what they say if they DON’T vote? When faced with the most virulent obstruction and disrespect shown a President in American history, they still demand ponies as if the obstruction doesn’t exist.

            At my age, I think back of what would have happened if the Clinton health care bill had been passed, which was HMO, managed care. The entire left would have CHEERED from the rooftops. Yes, they would have said that they would work for more and better health care but they would have universally cheered the effort and the resulting success.

            Fast forward to 2010: none of it was good enough. Hey, to the consternation of many here, I’m on record at not being at all pleased with the administration’s explanation and selling of ACA; but I believe that PBO actually thought the people who voted for him understood him when he said it would not be easy, it would take time to undo two generations of conservative damage. But no — they just whined that it wasn’t good enough. Would they honestly have cheered if we’d gotten NOTHING? Methinks, “uh uh.” Then we would have heard that he wasn’t the compromiser that they voted for. Sheesh!

            So we finally get the Hero they’ve been waiting for since RFK was assassinated and this is how they treat him. You are absolute right: It drives us CRAZY.

    • 167 desertflower
      May 14, 2012 at 3:58 pm

      This is the first time the state constitution has been amended. For exclusion of others. Frightful.

      • 168 57andfemale
        May 14, 2012 at 4:08 pm

        Oh, holy shit, df. I didn’t know that. That makes it even more despicable.

        Which is why the question of rights should never be left to a simple majority, and certainly not to a ‘majority’ of a minority number of voters..

  47. May 14, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    I misssed the introduction of him. Hopefully we can access that later.

  48. May 14, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    I’m currently enjoying the rerun of the intro and speech at CSPAN – do you think PBO ever gets nervous? If he does, it doesn’t show – much! I just noticed how at about the 6:10 point, he sat down and crossed his legs just before they called him up to the podium – seemed like something an average person would do if they were nervous!

    I definitely agree with earlier comments – what a wonderful introduction for a tremendous life-to-date.

    P.S. I used to have the log-ini jmlkoskey, but had WordPress problems. Some of you can probably relate!

  49. May 14, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    More evidence of the democracy destroying Citizens United decision. And this is just one example. It will be happening all over the place. One rich dude in Fl. is the sole financier of anti-Obama ads running in key areas in Ohio and Pennsylvania. One millionaire—–trying to influence a national election. And the ads are using such divisive language as “Bill Clinton could teach this president a thing or two about leadership”. All these Clinton references that I’ve noted everywhere must have come from a directive from Rove. I keep seeing and hearing these kind of messages—–‘don’t hate all Dems or think all Dems are terrible, just this president, Clinton was great’. It has the added bonus of dividing Dems at the same time as it condemns President Obama. I’m so disgusted with all this junk.
    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-05-14/one-man-florida-superpac-finances-attack-on-obama-in-ohio.html

    • May 14, 2012 at 2:42 pm

      This divisive crap about Bill Clinton teaching President Obama a thing or two about leadership is apparently mentioned in an up coming “book” that has been touted in the Daily Fail about PBO. I shan’t mention the name of the book or the hack – oops sorry, author – it is too insignificant to mention but even my parents who are not really supporters think it is a load of crap. All these idiots are getting their panties in a wad because they see PBO’s brilliance and can’t handle the fact that there is one incredibly amazing man in the Oval Office.

    • 177 theo67
      May 14, 2012 at 4:21 pm

      The Republicans impeached President Clinton, whom they are now touting as a leadership example. The fact that the last Republican president was George W Bush means that the GOP have ZERO credibility on leadership. They can spend millions running their ads, while this President who they disrespect with the kind of abandon only seen in the ignorant, fixes the mess they left for this country. It doesn’t change the facts. The GOP know nothing – less than nothing.

  50. 178 Liberal Librarian
    May 14, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Just got my California sample ballot last week. Now, didn’t I recall the emoleft saying they were going to primary PBO? And don’t they always follow through on their threats? Color me shocked when I opened my ballot and saw that the only candidate in the Dem primary is PBO. I don’t know what to believe anymore. *giggle*

  51. May 14, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    For those who couldn’t listen in real time, Richard Adams liveblogged the speech:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/may/14/us-politics-barack-obama#block-4

    But DO make sure you see it later. It’s magnificent.

  52. 189 Linda
    May 14, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Ron Paul just ” suspended ” his campaign.

  53. 190 Pamela
    May 14, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    seattletimes.com/localness/jerrylarge/may14/2012

    • 191 Pamela
      May 14, 2012 at 2:45 pm

      *localnews ~
      sorry, hope it works, great story in today’s paper!

      • 192 Dudette
        May 14, 2012 at 2:56 pm

        Sorry, Pamela. I couldn’t get that link to work, so I just went to the cover page and starting looking for interesting stories. This is probably not the one you wanted to reference, but I liked it:
        http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/northwestvoices/2018189218_romneylet.html

        ————————————–
        Editor, The Times:

        Mitt Romney’s total lack of recall regarding the “terrifying” and “vicious” hair-cutting “prank” he pulled on fellow classmate John Lauber [“Classmates recall Romney’s pranks-and darker incidents,” News, May 11] could be an indication of one of possibly three things.

        One, he was a prankster/bully of such epic proportions that no one incident stands out, even an event that remains troublingly seared into the memories of several classmates who are well into their sixties.

        Two, his “lack of memory” regarding these cruel “hijinks” might be an indication of pre-dementia or early onset Alzheimer’s.

        Three, he’s lying.

        Any one of the above, for me, would indicate Romney’s not fit presidential material.”

        [more in the article]

      • 196 Dudette
        May 14, 2012 at 2:59 pm

        FOUND IT! Here’s the one you wanted:
        http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/jerrylarge/2018204031_jdl14.html

        Obama gets couple off the political sidelines
        A Seattle couple has made a project of boosting Obama.
        “When President Obama spoke at the Paramount Theatre last week, Leo and Cynthia Henton were there.

        They wouldn’t miss him. The Seattle couple always vote, but that was about the extent of their political involvement until Obama came along.

        “We’re Obama groupies,” she said with a chuckle after the event.

        They’ve been writing checks and paying to attend Obama events since he began his first run for president. I was curious what got a couple of middle-aged, middle-income folks off the political sidelines.”
        [more in the article]

        • 197 Pamela
          May 14, 2012 at 3:31 pm

          Bless you Dudette! I am pretty hopeless at posting links, but you are a smashing success. I just loved this story, and this couple are so unique, I am really glad TOD family can read it now, if they wish! Seattle is so cool! Well, very warm today, but cool in general! 😆

  54. 199 Liberal Librarian
    May 14, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    I wonder how often this story will be repeated over the next few months?

  55. 201 hopefruit2
    May 14, 2012 at 3:06 pm

  56. 207 57andfemale
    May 14, 2012 at 3:15 pm

  57. 208 utaustinliberal
    May 14, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Woohooooo awesome news!

  58. 209 nintendowii10
    May 14, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    Ron Paul to stop active campaigning.

    I guess all that ranting about the NDAA, the Fed, liberty liberty liberty just DIDN’T pay off! Maybe the Pauliacs will focus on finding the evidence that there IS a New World Order, that Clinton DID murder Vince Foster, that Bush DID pull off an inside job on 911, etc etc etc.

    • 210 57andfemale
      May 14, 2012 at 3:32 pm

      ‘Liberty’ as long as it doesn’t include pro choice and marriage equality.

      The only reason young people support him is he won’t send them to war and he’d legalize pot.

    • 212 anniebella
      May 14, 2012 at 4:16 pm

      Listen to Michael Jackson “Unbreakable”, alright FLOTUS. And listen to the words of that song, it could be FLOTUS speaking to those radical right wingnuts. Listen to the words.


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