72 Responses to “Letters to the President: The Dreams of Our Daughters”

  1. 1 Liberal Librarian
    May 16, 2012 at 1:36 pm


  2. 5 4morefor44
    May 16, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    oh wow!

    • 6 4morefor44
      May 16, 2012 at 1:42 pm

      “wow” was referring to that video. 😉 it’s really great!! they should air fewer ads total, and run full length ones like that instead. really memorable and stands out from all the other mess on tv.

  3. 7 AnitaW
    May 16, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Stunning video. I’m off to share with all my friends.

  4. 8 Liberal Librarian
    May 16, 2012 at 1:40 pm


  5. 9 Ladyhawke
    May 16, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Jon Lovett ‏@jonlovett


    Come on, @GlennThrush. Going on Fallon and the View might not be necessary if most political news coverage wasn’t so profoundly useless.


    • 10 amk for obama
      May 16, 2012 at 1:44 pm

      The msm pigs hate that this president is showing them the proverbial finger by completely bypassing them. Want to have the president talk to you ? Then go for substance, you useless fuckers.

      • 11 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
        May 16, 2012 at 1:52 pm

        Exactly amk … Jon Lovett’s tweet is worthy of some love …

        Thank you for sharing it, LH!


        • 12 amk for obama
          May 16, 2012 at 2:02 pm

          • 13 nathkatun7
            May 16, 2012 at 8:53 pm

            Bravo, Bobfr and amk for obama! MSM are useless. All they do is manufacture useless controversies while pretending to be objective journalists.

      • 14 Ladyhawke
        May 16, 2012 at 1:56 pm

        My sentiments exactly amk. They throw up the firewall and carry water for the GOP and then have the nerve to complain when PBO goes over their heads. The Republican Party and the mainstream media are like TWO PEAS IN A POD. They are so intimidated by President Obama that they spend all of their time trying to prevent the American people from seeing his brilliance. I have nothing but complete and utter disdain for the media.

  6. 16 Ladyhawke
    May 16, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    That was lovely and powerful. (Hard to watch without getting teary.)

  7. 17 amk for obama
    May 16, 2012 at 1:48 pm

  8. May 16, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    They are protecting the Bush Tax cuts, so they need leverage, hello debt ceiling-


    This is all about the lame duck, regardless who wins or loses.
    They are very aggressive, and strong Arm everything.

    • 19 Liberal Librarian
      May 16, 2012 at 1:53 pm

      But, as several people have reported, Boehner actually has no leverage. Debt ceiling won’t come up until after the new Congress is seated. Bush tax cuts expire before. Lame Boehner.

      • 20 amk for obama
        May 16, 2012 at 1:58 pm

        That’s why boner is whining (gopolitico) why Obama is not having those debt talks NOW ? Asshole.

      • May 16, 2012 at 2:01 pm

        Bush tax cuts expire January 1st, lame dick is after the election until that time.
        I agree, he still has no leverage, but it is what he is doing.

        • 23 Liberal Librarian
          May 16, 2012 at 2:05 pm

          Geithner said the debt ceiling won’t come up until Feb. Jan 1 is still lame duck—I believe new Congress doesn’t sit until Jan. 4. Boehner is just awful awful awful at his job.

    • 24 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      May 16, 2012 at 1:53 pm

      Jovie, They HAVE NOTHING. Zero leverage on this issue, lame duck or otherwise.


      • 25 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
        May 16, 2012 at 1:56 pm

        BTW, the Budget Control Act of 2011 is Law. The only way @SpeakerBoehner and his fellow #KOCHSTERS can escape that fact, despite all their foolishness regarding the Fiscal 2013 budget (which is set within the BCA) is to change the law. That would require the Senate to pass such a change and the President to sign it. Not going to happen.



        • May 16, 2012 at 2:02 pm

          I agree, nevertheless, it is what he is doing.

          • 27 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
            May 16, 2012 at 2:08 pm

            We know what he is doing, Jovie. He’s proving, every day, how big a fool he is and how big a fail he is. That’s the only message to be communicating to anyone regarding the worst Speaker in the history of Congress.


  9. 28 lisalovesobama
    May 16, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    I love this video.

  10. 30 Hachikō
    May 16, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Beautiful ad. That will resonate.

  11. 31 amk for obama
    May 16, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    The background score is too loud drowning out the woman’s voice. They need to tone it down. Get some professionals for chrissake.

    • 32 donna dem 4 obama
      May 16, 2012 at 3:55 pm

      Wow, that’s interesting amk because I barely noticed the background score. I thought the ad was excellent.

  12. 33 lovingandlaughing
    May 16, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Wow, that video made me get all teary eyed. i have two daughters too and one son. how cute that the little 10 year old sets her clock for 5 AM to be ready for military service in the future.

  13. 34 amk for obama
    May 16, 2012 at 2:20 pm

  14. 35 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    May 16, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    Multiple choice question for @MittRomney ….

    Fantastic video, btw – do hope it gets very wide online viewership ….


    • 36 nospin
      May 16, 2012 at 2:51 pm

      “are you referring to the jobs you destroyed, those you offshored, those GWB destroyed or those @SpeakerBoehner has blocked?”

      Bobfr you sure know how to cut them off at the knees.

    • 37 nathkatun7
      May 16, 2012 at 9:02 pm

      Bravo, Bravo, Bobfr! Ive said it before and I will say it again, I wish we could find a way of convincing OFA to hire you to serve on their rapid response communication team. You are so good at using few words to effectively take the fight to Willard and the GOP machine!

  15. 38 Ladyhawke
    May 16, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    MOYERS MOMENT: Paul Volcker on Jamie Dimon

    May 15, 2012

    by billmoyers.com


    JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon has been one of the most outspoken critics of the Volcker Rule, a section of the Dodd-Frank Act that aims to keep the banks in which you deposit your money from gambling it on their own sometimes-risky investments. Now Dimon has announced that risky trades have cost his company $2 billion in losses. In this April 22, 2012 Moyers Moment from Moyers & Company, Paul Volcker himself responds to Jamie Dimon’s complaints about the rule and its effects.



  16. 41 amk for obama
    May 16, 2012 at 2:27 pm

  17. 42 Ladyhawke
    May 16, 2012 at 2:28 pm



    Mitt Romney hasn’t had a press conference since March, won’t appear in public with George W. Bush. #beef


    • 43 relellit
      May 16, 2012 at 2:44 pm

      It appears Mitt & “W” have a thing for elevators. Please let Mitt appear with Bush since they both embrace the same agenda. It would help Mitt a lot. NOT

    • May 16, 2012 at 3:44 pm

      And he won’t appear with any reporter (outside FOX) without his wife.

  18. 45 amk for obama
    May 16, 2012 at 2:30 pm

  19. May 16, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    In the car just now, listened to Rush Limbaugh for 25 seconds. I could not stand it any longer than that. Here are my observations: OMG, he is boring. He rambles and repeats and covers topics that most people have no interest in – for 4 hours, I hear. And WHERE does he get his information? Simply pulls it outta his rear orifice, I’m guessing. He would be a pretty good cure for insomnia – 😉

  20. 48 Bill R.
    May 16, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    Gosh.. any parent with daughters is going to be touched by that. It makes me think of my own grown up daughter and her daugher, with whom I do day care twice a week. I am so proud of my daughter. She is now 36 and is an oncology nurse. She graduated magna cum laude from Oregon Health Sciences University, and is certified now as an oncology nurse, working 2/3 time at our local hospital taking care of very sick patients. She has a wonderful husband and a daughter now just over a year old, who is a delightful child. The GOP wants to put women back in the 50s where they had few, if any choices. That’s unacceptable.

  21. 49 Linda
    May 16, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Romney To Florida Business Leaders: ‘I Love You’

    On the campaign trail in Florida Wednesday, Mitt Romney showed buisness leaders some love. Literally.

    From Buzzfeed:

    “I know that you get the impression that government doesn’t like you,” he said. “I love you, all right? I love what you do. I want to see entrepreneurs and innovators. I want to see more success. My ambition is to see more and more people able to enjoy the extraordinary benefits of America as you have.”

    Romney’s used the line before. It’s part of his argument that there are too many regulations as well as a swipe at President Obama’s proposal to raise taxes on the rich, which Romney has said amounts to class warfare.


  22. 51 amk for obama
    May 16, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    And yet these bastards claim and their msm mofos parrot that the dems are lying about gopper’s war on women.

  23. 52 Linda
    May 16, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Boehner: Obama Said He Wants To Raise Debt Limit Without Spending Cuts

    During a meeting Wednesday, President Obama told House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) that he wants to raise the debt ceiling when it comes up without any strings attached, Boehner’s office said, adding that the Speaker told him that won’t happen.

    The full readout from Boehner’s office:

    The Speaker participated in a friendly lunch meeting today with the President and other congressional leaders. The President began the meeting by laying out some of his policy goals, including his “to-do list” for Congress. The bulk of the meeting was spent discussing other issues, including the next debt limit increase and the looming expiration of current tax rates. In a discussion of the debt limit, the Speaker – who has warned that the growing debt is hurting U.S. job creation – asked the President if he is proposing that Congress pass an increase that does not include any spending cuts to help reduce the deficit. The President said, “yes.” The Speaker told the President, “as long as I’m around here, I’m not going to allow a debt ceiling increase without doing something serious about the debt.” The Speaker also asked the President for his plans to deal with the largest tax increase in American history, which will mean tax hikes on small businesses, and the devastating cuts poised to hit our military, both scheduled to take effect at the end of the year. The Speaker pressed the President to approve the job-creating Keystone pipeline energy project. The Speaker also asked the President to encourage the Attorney General to provide the information Congressional investigators have sought about the Fast and Furious operation. The Speaker was very pleased with the sandwiches served.


  24. 53 Ladyhawke
    May 16, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    How Mitt Romney Beats the Press, Avoiding Most National Interviews

    by Howard Kurtz Apr 20, 2012 4:45 AM EDT

    The candidate is carefully avoiding most national interviews outside of Fox. Howard Kurtz on why Mitt resents the media—and what his isolation is costing him.


    The Romney campaign says the candidate has been quite available in ways that don’t register on the national radar. Since March 30, spokeswoman Andrea Saul points out, Romney has done 21 interviews with local television stations. He has also done six cable interviews, five of which were with Fox News—two of them with Sean Hannity—and one with conservative CNBC commentator Larry Kudlow. Romney has also done 10 radio interviews with such conservative hosts as Hannity and Mike Huckabee.
    But the inescapable fact is that Romney has a propensity for damaging slips of the tongue. The morning after the Florida primary, he stepped on his victory by telling CNN’s Soledad O’Brien that “I’m not concerned about the very poor.”

    Such gaffes have undoubtedly made his team more cautious about putting Romney in television studios.

    “They’re in a tough position because more exposure doesn’t necessarily help Romney—the more you see him, the less you like him,” Hattaway



  25. 54 relellit
    May 16, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Good afternoon, Todville

    I can’t believe the Republican/ Tea baggers would want to go through the debacle again with the debt ceiling. Obvisiouly, the right thinks the American people have forgotten how they lowered our credit rating.

    • 55 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      May 16, 2012 at 2:53 pm

      It’s nothing but noise. They have no leverage and the President knows it and #KOCHSTER Boehner knows it. We intend to keep reminding him and lots of other folk every day, e.g., ….


      • 56 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
        May 16, 2012 at 2:58 pm


        • 57 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
          May 16, 2012 at 3:09 pm

          This time the President knows he has zero need to compromise with those whom have plotted since 20 Jan 2009 to destroy his Presidency irrespective of what it did to the American and global economy.

          They’ve been trying for decades to crush the New Deal policies, and all subsequent advances in rights and opportunities for the majority of Americans.

          The deficit is their biggest tool for doing so and they no more want to reduce it than drink a ground glass milk shake. Trouble is, President Obama was smart enough to prepare that milk shake for them, and that is just what the Budget Control Act of 2011 is. Boehner and McConnell can whine all they want but they have no option. Even the Koch Brothers can’t make them take a sip and President Obama knows it.

          So, FOCUS ON GOTV and Voter Registration because if we don’t re-elect President Obama and establish Dem majorities in the House & Senate the #KOCHSTERS will serve something much more harmful to all but the wealthy few come Jan 2013.



    • 58 Theo67
      May 16, 2012 at 4:07 pm

      There was a tea nagger who called into Stephanie Miller’s show this morning to talk about this, and he was promptly ignored. He implied that the downgrade didn’t really matte because it was thru Standard&Poors, who rated the housing derivatives before the economy crashed. So, I guess their thinking is that a downgrade is ok.

  26. 59 amk for obama
    May 16, 2012 at 2:40 pm

  27. 60 Ladyhawke
    May 16, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Under Romney, Massachusetts Had Highest Per Capita Debt Of Any State


    Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney used a speech in Iowa yesterday to blame President Obama for a “prairie fire of debt” that is supposedly spreading across the nation. Romney continued the assault today, giving a speech in Florida in front of a giant clock featuring a running total of the nation’s debt.

    As ThinkProgress noted yesterday, Romney’s attack ignores that his own economic plan would add more than $10 trillion to the national debt. It also ignores Romney’s record as governor of Massachusetts, which had the nation’s highest per capita debt total when he left office in 2007.



  28. 61 amk for obama
    May 16, 2012 at 2:53 pm

  29. 62 amk for obama
    May 16, 2012 at 2:54 pm

  30. 63 amk for obama
    May 16, 2012 at 2:55 pm

  31. 64 amk for obama
    May 16, 2012 at 3:00 pm


  32. May 16, 2012 at 3:06 pm

  33. 67 Ladyhawke
    May 16, 2012 at 3:07 pm


    I don’t want to get too excited, but I am hoping we have finally reached a tipping point with Mitt Romney’s “LYING”. Notice the title of Greg Sargent’s post. He actually uses the “L” word. Mitt Romney continues to lie even when his lies have been debunked. It is long past due that the media do their job of educating and informing the public with the facts. It shouldn’t take a press release from OFA to document the lies from the Romney campaign. Isn’t that what journalists are supposed to do?? No wonder Mitt Romney is reluctant to do interviews and press conferences. Some enterprising reporter might ask him to explain why he is basing his entire campaign on falsehoods. Imagine that.

    How Mitt Romney gets away with his lying

    By Greg Sargent


    Yesterday, Mitt Romney gave a big speech in which he accused Obama of lighting a “prairie fire of debt.” It’s a good line, and it has received widespread media coverage.

    Romney’s speech has already been dissected by Jonathan Chait and Steve Benen. They note that it’s entirely at odds with conventional understanding of how deficits work, and utterly disconnected from context, rendering it almost unquantifiably misleading.

    But I wanted to make another point. If you scan through all the media attention Romney’s speech received, you are hard-pressed to find any news accounts that tell readers the following rather relevant points:

    1) Nonpartisan experts believe Romney’s plans would increase the deficit far more than Obama’s would.

    2) George W. Bush’s policies arguably are more responsible for increasing the deficit than Obama’s are.



  34. 68 Linda
    May 16, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    In March 2002, the Boston Globe reported that Romney’s wife, Ann, his son Tagg, and Tagg’s wife, Jennifer, had all signed a petition supporting a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage and domestic partner benefits in Massachusetts. At the time, Massachusetts provided limited benefits to same-sex couples, and Romney’s campaign position had been that no changes to state law were needed. And so, he was forced to call the petition that his own family members had signed extreme.

    “Mitt did not know they signed it, and Mitt does not support it,” Eric Fehrnstrom, Romney’s chief spokesman both then and now, said at the time. “As far as Mitt is concerned, it goes farther than current law, and therefore it’s unnecessary.”

    Fehrnstrom did not immediately return a request for comment Wednesday as to whether he remembered the petition.

  35. 69 Linda
    May 16, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Lawmaker calls for peace talks between deceased Arafat, comatose Sharon
    By Julian Pecquet – 05/15/12 03:26 PM ET

    Rep. Joe Pitts (R-Pa.) is seeing his foreign policy credentials come under fire after calling for Middle East peace negotiations between deceased Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who has been in a coma since 2006.

    Pitts’s remarks were included in a form letter his office sent to a constituent last month. His office blames a bureaucratic snafu, but Pitts’s Democratic opponent in the November election sees an opening.

    “Being this completely out of touch with such a major foreign-policy matter is inexcusable,” Aryanna Strader wrote in an email to supporters, according to the web site PoliticsPA. “If we are ever going to change Congress, we must change who we send there.


  36. May 16, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Just a couple weeks before Jamie Dimon announced publicly that his banking firm JPMorgan had lost a stunning $2 billion betting with depositor funds, he took to Fox News to criticize the Volcker Rule, meant to ban federally backstopped banks from engaging in proprietary trading.

    Bill Moyers invited former Fed chairman Paul Volcker — the architect of the rule — to respond:


    Get em Paul…

  37. May 16, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno said Wednesday he’s opposed to a plan from House Republicans to slow the reduction of U.S. forces over the next five years.

    The House Armed Services Committee included language in the Defense authorization bill to limit troop reductions to 15,000 per year for the Army and 5,000 for the Marine Corps through 2017, a slower pace than the military had planned for.


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