Rise and Shine


10:15: The President will deliver remarks at the Symposium on Global Agriculture and Food Security at the Ronald Reagan Building, DC

11:00: Holds a bilateral meeting with President Francois Hollande of France

12:30: VP Biden attends a campaign event in Wilmington, Delaware

6:00: PBO departs the White House en route Camp David

6:30: Arrives at Camp David

7:30: Greets G8 leaders

7:50: Hosts a welcome reception for G8 leaders

8:00: Hosts a working dinner for G8 leaders

Saturday: PBO will remain at Camp David for the G-8 Summit. Later on Saturday, he will travel to Chicago, Illinois, where he will welcome NATO allies and partners to his hometown for the NATO Summit on May 20-21. The First Lady will travel to Chicago with the President.



USA Today: President Obama will announce a new initiative Friday morning designed to lift up to 50 million African people from poverty through private investments in agricultural projects on the nation’s poorest continent.

The effort, to be unveiled as leaders of the world’s most powerful nations convene at Camp David for a two-day summit, follows an earlier Obama initiative to generate $22 billion in government assistance for undernourished Africans that was announced at the 2009 Group of 8 summit in L’Aquila, Italy.

Obama plans to announce his plan at an all-day event on African food security in Washington, then travel to Camp David where he will host the G8 summit later Friday and Saturday.

More here



Glenn Kessler (Washington Post): “We were able to help create over 100,000 jobs. On the president’s watch, about 100,000 jobs were lost in the auto industry and auto dealers and auto manufacturers, so he’s hardly one to point a finger.” — Mitt Romney, interview on Hot Air, May 16, 2011

The 100,000 jobs is back! The presumptive GOP nominee all but stopped mentioning he created 100,000 in the private sector after we declared in January that claim was untenable and unproven…..

….. The logic there escapes us. Romney appears to be saying it is okay to count jobs created after he left Bain, but it’s not okay to count jobs lost after he left Bain.

…. So Romney gets a “repeat offender” award …. But let’s also look at his claim that 100,000 jobs were lost in the auto industry “on the president’s watch.” That’s a new one.

….. Romney’s remarks make little sense …. his assertion that 100,000 jobs have been lost in the auto industry “on the president’s watch” does not add up.

Yes, there were some painful cuts in the auto industry at the start of Obama’s presidency, largely because tough choices had to be made. One could argue whether those choices were necessary or effective, but the bottom line is clear: No matter how you slice it, jobs overall have grown substantially in the auto industry under Obama….

Full article here






Morning everyone 😉

183 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 8 jackiegrumbacher
    May 18, 2012 at 7:27 am

    Hey, Sara, you’re number 1 today. Good for you.

  2. 9 Proud Former White House Intern
    May 18, 2012 at 7:27 am


  3. 10 amk for obama
    May 18, 2012 at 7:36 am

    GM folks. My weekend has already started. Ha.

  4. 14 jackiegrumbacher
    May 18, 2012 at 7:39 am

    I would love to have Joe Biden come to PA every week between now and Nov., giving common sense speeches in central PA. He knows how to speak the middle and lower middle class language and he would nail the state for PBO. Philadelphia will be crawling with campaign workers, as will Pittsburgh. The heart of the state needs the kind of love that Biden gives so well. The red carpet will be out for you, Mr. VPOTUS. Please come.

    • 15 hopefruit2
      May 18, 2012 at 7:54 am

      Something tells me that VP Biden will be deployed to those very areas that you speak of at some point closer to the election when more folks are paying attention and the areas of relative weakness for PBO will be clearer to the campaign 🙂

    • 16 anniebella
      May 18, 2012 at 8:51 am

      jackiegrumbacher, he might not be there every week, but he will be there plenty you can count on that. I love and respect our VP Biden too. I’m not from PA, I’m African American, and I love the way he speaks to all of us.

    • 17 jacquelineoboomer
      May 18, 2012 at 8:56 am

      Mornin’, Jackie! You are right and, quite frankly, I could not be happier – not just for us, but for Joe Biden himself – that he is stronger than ever on the campaign trail. Nobody can say he’s used up his worth and is “too old” or – ridiculous – that President Obama chose the wrong man. Vice President Biden has found all of the right words, especially to deliver to the middle class, and if he’s competing with himself and his previous speeches, he’s won! The Irish storytellin’, even yesterday’s sign of the cross (Ha!), all of that will work with many of the voters in the areas you mention.

  5. 18 amk for obama
    May 18, 2012 at 7:39 am
  6. 40 amk for obama
    May 18, 2012 at 7:42 am
  7. May 18, 2012 at 7:46 am

    Any good news? Or is it All- Robney the victim, this Morning?

  8. 47 amk for obama
    May 18, 2012 at 7:46 am
  9. May 18, 2012 at 7:51 am

    Ooooh, this man:

    During the course of the presidential campaign, Mitt Romney has proudly claimed his roots as native Michigander, a Bostonian (who is unfailingly loyal to the Red Sox), a summer resident of New Hampshire and, of course, a part-time Californian when he escapes to his beachfront home in La Jolla.

    But he surprised some members of his audience Thursday at a brewery in Jacksonville when he mentioned that they had considered putting a new coastal destination on that list: the mighty swing state of Florida. “You know my wife – I wish she were here today. … She has said someday, who knows, we might move to Florida. You never know. Someday, way down the road.”

    “We had the chance during the primaries to be able to go all over the country and see a lot of places, and she said ‘You know what? If we are going to move, one place I love [is] Jacksonville, Florida,’” Romney told the crowd, which cheered. “She knows a good thing when she sees it.”

    Later, on his charter flight from Jacksonville to West Palm Beach, a reporter asked Romney what he and his wife found most appealing about Jacksonville. “We love California,” he replied. “But there are attractions to Florida. It has the right tax rates, among others.”


    • 51 hopefruit2
      May 18, 2012 at 7:57 am

      Pandering…pandering…just pandering. Stupid fool. Where next are you and Ms. Ann are gonna move? San Francisco, CA? Stupid donkey.

      • 52 amk for obama
        May 18, 2012 at 8:00 am

        Great minds and all that. 🙂

      • May 18, 2012 at 8:06 am

        Hopefully the Cayman Islands is his next permanent stop Hopefruit, I wish he’d **** off there soon.

        • 54 prettyfoot58
          May 18, 2012 at 8:37 am


        • 55 desertflower
          May 18, 2012 at 9:10 am

          Since he doesn’t have a job, he can’t reside in Grand Cayman….the island has 100% employment.:) I wouldn’t want that jackass messing up that beautiful island with lovely people…..no way!

      • May 18, 2012 at 8:28 am

        I bet we’ll soon be hearing how he and Miz Ann have talked about moving “some day” to all the toss-up states. I can’t wait to hear the pander in Iowa, how he and Miz Ann have always talked about how they wanted to one day settle down on a hog farm just outside of Des Moines.

      • 60 jackiegrumbacher
        May 18, 2012 at 8:39 am

        No, HF, SF would actually make sense. He’s going to tell the people in Carbondale, PA that he and his wife have always wanted to live in a depressed coal town. Then, he’ll visit a down-at-the-heels place in WV and say he’s always dreamed of living where the mountains are just the right size. There are some pretty dusty border towns in TX that he’ll say the Romney’s have dreamed of moving to. Oh, and there are some choice spots in the oil refinery areas of NJ that would be ideal for a 20th home. Pretty soon, there won’t be a state in the country that doesn’t have just the right something that the Romney’s would love to share in. Oh, probably not MA, though, because he already said he can’t win there. The lies and pandering are already hip deep. Pretty soon he’ll be drowning in them.

      • 61 0388jojothecat
        May 18, 2012 at 10:44 am

        I hope he doesn’t make CA a permanate home so he can run for governor. The folks in San Diego might like him but as long as I have breathe in my body I will campaign against another republican governor.

    • 62 amk for obama
      May 18, 2012 at 7:58 am

      jeebus. panderer-in-chief.

    • 66 Bill
      May 18, 2012 at 8:09 am

      Wonder what genius came up with the idea to have the non-drinking Mormon Willard campaign at a high end yuppie brewery? There are many veterans organizations, low income schools, or hospitals in Jacksonville where he could have campaigned.

    • May 18, 2012 at 8:43 am

      Because everybody knows Mitt Romney needs another tax break.

    • May 18, 2012 at 8:47 am

      Way down the road? he’s in his mid 60’s and is building a house in CA. Is he planning on getting buried in FL?

  10. 75 pugeretto
    May 18, 2012 at 7:52 am

    Congrats Sara!

  11. May 18, 2012 at 7:53 am

    Great stuff AMK! You’re setting them up and I’m re-tweeting 🙂

  12. 78 amk for obama
    May 18, 2012 at 7:59 am

    The guy keeps on doing what is right. The thugs can suck on a rotten egg. Collectively.

  13. May 18, 2012 at 8:02 am

    I am in my way to Macdill AFB to go to Commissary. What do you Guys need?

  14. 95 Claire
    May 18, 2012 at 8:03 am

    I was reading about cornell west’s send off at Princeton….don’t know why because I do not respect the man.

    In attendance was fellow President Obama hater Harry Belafonte, he said: “I didn’t come to say much, I just wanted to be a witness,” said Belafonte, who like West, has expressed dismay with the Obama administration’s policies, particularly as they relate to people of color and the poor.

    “I’ve heard about you not being invited to the White House,” noted Belafonte. “I’ve been to the White House these days and you haven’t missed much,” he added.

    Comments like these make my skin crawl. I don’t even have words for how much they anger me.

    • 96 amk for obama
      May 18, 2012 at 8:05 am

      I remember seeing here in TOD a vid Belafonte singing praises of PBO. What happened to him ?

      • May 18, 2012 at 8:19 am

        My take. It’s the old guard. So to speak. When the Presudent distanced Himself from Wright, in 08, support amongst the Ok’d guard dwindled.
        Just saying!

      • 98 hopefruit2
        May 18, 2012 at 8:27 am

        Omg, this remark by Belafonte is so catty. Even a HS sophomore would find this childish. Why even mention the WH at all? And it’s clear that their dislike for PBO is based on perceived personal slights, jealousy and their own unresolved feelings of inferiority where PBO is concerned.

        PBO is making these fools IRRELEVANT because while they built their careers on the backs of the Black underclass and did very little to actually change things despite endless posturing and public displays of “caring”, PBO doesn’t subscribe to their outdated and regressive ideas of what it means to be a Black person in America He’s about walking the talk and they can’t stand it!!

        • 99 hopefruit2
          May 18, 2012 at 8:33 am

          You have a point Jovie. And some of these folks were never quite supportive of PBO (note Tavis Smiley for e.g.) even before the Wright issue, because they felt truly threatened by his new fresh approach and his removal of artificial and outdated boundaries for African-Americans – particularly males.

          • 100 prettyfoot58
            May 18, 2012 at 8:42 am


            the icons like Rep John Lewis, Rep Cummings, and Rev Lowery…along with Rev Sharpton have no problem supporting the President…

        • May 18, 2012 at 8:36 am

          You are exactly right.

        • 104 Cha
          May 18, 2012 at 3:58 pm

          What I want to know is..when was HB at the White House? Was he invited? And, did he go when invited? Or was he on one of those tours?

    • May 18, 2012 at 8:10 am

      Ooooooooooh, sorry to hear about Harry Belafonte. Wonder what happened that he used as an
      excuse for going cynical and resigned.

    • 110 terim
      May 18, 2012 at 8:31 am

      I thought Harry Belafonte was a big supporter. This surprises me because the Civil Rights Movement should have taught Harry that change takes time.

    • 113 nospin
      May 18, 2012 at 8:42 am

      Is there a link?

    • 115 anniebella
      May 18, 2012 at 9:01 am

      I wish I could tell Harry Belafonte that I’ve haven’t heard much of his singing, and I know I haven’t miss much, because Belafonte never could sing in my opinion. Now he’s just a dried up old bitter man who doesn’t have the spotlight anymore, and honestly I don’t give a dam what Belafonte thinks.

      • 116 anniebella
        May 18, 2012 at 9:04 am

        In old age some people get alittle senile and mean, some nasty. How old id Belafonte, 85?

      • 117 nospin
        May 18, 2012 at 7:51 pm

        Hey, regardless of that one statement Belafonte made, he opened doors for AAs. I respect him for that. His music is still sung and played today.

        That statement was mild and I think fair. It is alright to have some disappointments. That is completely different from Cornel West going full monte with is ODS.

  15. 118 amk for obama
    May 18, 2012 at 8:06 am

    • 119 jacquelineoboomer
      May 18, 2012 at 8:40 am

      Those are the types of ground-game statistics we should follow! Who needs polls?

      Good mornin’

      • 120 hopefruit2
        May 18, 2012 at 8:46 am

        Exactly…Willard has been campaigning for over 5 years and he just broke the 500K mark. He won’t reach 1M before the election unless he pays Twitter to give him artificial followers (which is not entirely beyond the realm of possibility). The only people interested in Willard are Wall Street, American MSM, conservative evangelicals & Mormons, racist American voters, Netanyahu. That’s it.

      • May 18, 2012 at 8:54 am

        Good morning!

        I read these stats every day and they are very impressive. They also list the most retweeted from PBO’s account.

        • 123 jacquelineoboomer
          May 18, 2012 at 12:54 pm

          Good morning, meta! I have 6 more minutes of a Friday morning here in the CST to wish you that. Enjoy your day!

      • 124 amk for obama
        May 18, 2012 at 8:55 am

        He has over 15 million followers. If everyone of them votes and brings another another person with them to vote, just imagine blowout.

  16. May 18, 2012 at 8:28 am

    Gooooodmorning! It’s Friday!

  17. 126 hopefruit2
    May 18, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Yet Ricketts had actual contact with Mitt who had made a reference to the same Rev Wright just a few months ago.

  18. 128 amk for obama
    May 18, 2012 at 8:43 am

    How many more days left till election ? I plan to start a twitttertag of #noofdaysleftformitttoshowhistaxreturns

  19. 131 prettyfoot58
    May 18, 2012 at 8:50 am

    There was a segment on RMs show last night about a lawsuit that was filed by Common Cause challenging the constitutionality of the fillibuster…


  20. 132 amk for obama
    May 18, 2012 at 8:53 am

    5 reasons polls confound and confuse


    A good read despite gopolitico covenant.

  21. 133 amk for obama
    May 18, 2012 at 9:05 am

    This should be retweeted all TOD’ers. Drive the narrative.

  22. 136 amk for obama
    May 18, 2012 at 9:07 am

    From the Lady

  23. 137 amk for obama
    May 18, 2012 at 9:11 am

  24. 138 amk for obama
    May 18, 2012 at 9:13 am
  25. 139 amk for obama
    May 18, 2012 at 9:14 am

  26. 140 amk for obama
    May 18, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Jeebus chips. Glenn Kessler took the snarkknoller’s question seriously and answered. Poor kid. 🙂

  27. 148 hopefruit2
    May 18, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Just received a generic email from Sarah-Jessica Parker saying that she will be hosting PBO & FLOTUS at her home in June. Folks can donate and be entered to win a chance to attend her event 🙂

  28. May 18, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Chips, I hope you have some fireworks ready. 10 million hits will happen today. Can you arrange that the person who is the 10 millionth has lunch with PBO? If that’s not possible, how about Michelle and Jill? I’ll be rehitting all day long if that is the case.

    • 153 hopefruit2
      May 18, 2012 at 9:29 am

      Chips already knows that I am the 10th million poster, so we’ve already made all the arrangements for lunch with PBO.

      Thanks japa, and I will be sure to pass on your message of admiration for FLOTUS and Jill 🙂

    • May 18, 2012 at 9:35 am

      🙂 And you know the worst of it Japa, I’ll probably miss the historic moment …. like I missed bin Laden’s farewell – and I put the two events on a par. I’ll text Bo and see if he can set something up.

  29. May 18, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Good morning TOD. Going out to pick red raspberries. Be back later…………

  30. 158 amk for obama
    May 18, 2012 at 9:32 am

    • 159 Cha
      May 18, 2012 at 4:06 pm

      And, didn’t romney, stupid like a dumbshite, say they hadn’t decided whether they would drag Wright into their campaign against PObama yet?

  31. 160 desertflower
    May 18, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Chips, have you posted this already? Romney economics??


  32. 162 amk for obama
    May 18, 2012 at 9:34 am

    republicans rename France as freedom.

  33. 164 hopefruit2
    May 18, 2012 at 9:35 am


    // A Fox News poll released yesterday finds that voters would rather have President Obama pick the next Supreme Court justice than Republican candidate Mitt Romney by a 46 to 38 percent margin. Last November, Romney promised that, if elected, he would model his Supreme Court nominees after Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Scalia, Thomas and Alito, all of whom voted give wealthy corporations a nearly unlimited power to try to buy elections in Citizens United. By contrast, Justice Sotomayor, who was the only Obama appointee on the Court when Citizens United was decided, dissented from that decision. And Citizens United is far from the only example of a case where all four of Romney’s model justices voted to give corporate interest groups sweeping immunity from the law. //


    And this is a FOX poll!!!!!!

    • 165 Lovepolitics2008
      May 18, 2012 at 10:00 am

      As much as I would love to believe this poll, I think Fox is playing a game here. I mean, there’s no way they would have published those resuIts if they didn’t think it would serve a purpose. It’s all about rallying the base, and firing them up to donate money. The question about the SCOTUS? All about scaring the religious right into rallying behind Romney even if they have been lukewarm about his candidacy. Let’s not forget that one of the biggest objectives of the religious right is the overturn of “Roe vs Wade”.

      • 166 hopefruit2
        May 18, 2012 at 10:12 am

        That may very well be the case, and I’m inclined to be skeptical of anything coming from these polls.

        However, I still believe that the majority of Americans would prefer a PBO supreme ct to a Romney ct, given how people already feel about justices Kagan and Sotoymayor and Ginsberg, compared to the Scalia, Roberts and Thomas.

  34. 167 amk for obama
    May 18, 2012 at 9:38 am

    • 168 Cha
      May 18, 2012 at 4:08 pm

      Don’t forget Saul what’s his name! republiCONS are stupid hypocrites hoping no one will notice how damn dumb they operate.

  35. 169 hopefruit2
    May 18, 2012 at 9:38 am

    But the MSM is more concerned about traces of weed found in Trayvon’s blood.

  36. 170 Ladyhawke
    May 18, 2012 at 9:39 am


    Was Nick Hanauer’s TED Talk on Income Inequality Too Rich for Rich People?


    Of course, Hanauer moves from these less-than-earthshattering theses to draw a conclusion that might offend some rich people and/or Republicans.

    [O]ur current policies are … upside down. When you have a tax system in which most of the exemptions and the lowest rates benefit the richest, all in the name of job creation, all that happens is that the rich get richer.

    Since 1980, the share of income for the richest Americans has more than tripled while effective tax rates have declined by close to 50%.

    If it were true that lower tax rates and more wealth for the wealthy would lead to more job creation, then today we would be drowning in jobs. And yet unemployment and under-employment is at record highs.

    Whatever your stand on the issue, this is certainly a topic worth debating. You would think that TED would want to be part of the conversation.



    • 171 desertflower
      May 18, 2012 at 9:44 am

      That was a great talk he gave. Common sense isn’t so common though….this needs to be seen.

    • 172 0388jojothecat
      May 18, 2012 at 10:13 am

      Lawrence O’Donnell mentioned that TED kept his speech off their website until resently because the 1% does not what the fact that giving more money to the rich and large corporations does not create jobs. Small businesses are the backbone of job creation.

      • 173 nathkatun7
        May 18, 2012 at 4:54 pm

        “Small businesses are the backbone of job creation.” This is true. But even small businesses can’t create jobs without consumers. The fact of the matter is that a majority of small businesses created end up failing primarily because they don’t attract large numbers of consumers to be able to sustain their businesses.

    • 174 nathkatun7
      May 18, 2012 at 4:49 pm

      Wow! Nick Hanauer, with incredible brevity, really hit a home run! In just five minutes he completely destroyed the Republican theology at the heart of their economic policies. This is also why I find it so bizarre that Republicans are waging a war on public employees. Do they not know that teachers, firefighters, Cops, Social workers and all other government workers, buy houses, cars, groceries, computers, etc.? How can Republicans, like Romney, claim that they are for job creation when they pledge to lay off government workers? Aren’t government workers who loose their jobs counted in the unemployment statistics? I really wish Democrats would point out how Republican Governors, like that Walker guy in Wisconsin, have increased unemployment by waging a war on public employees.

  37. 175 desertflower
    May 18, 2012 at 9:46 am

    From ThinkProgress:

    And finally: It’s no secret that First Lady Michelle Obama loves healthy organic foods, so it’s fitting that she will appear Food Network’s “Restaurant: Impossible” on June 13 in an episode where chef Robert Irvine — the host of the reality show– will renovate the dining areas of a children’s community center in DC.

    Put that on the calendar!

  38. 176 hopefruit2
    May 18, 2012 at 9:48 am

    INTERESTING…More of the “Obama” effect, now being seen/felt globally?!?!?

  39. 177 pugeretto
    May 18, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Real quick here, Happy Birthday (belated) TALLY! I am so behind this week. So is PBO, wow.

  40. 180 Ladyhawke
    May 18, 2012 at 9:52 am


    Lawrence O’Donnell of The Last Word takes on Mitt Romney’s job creation record and the bogus notion that the rich create jobs. Trickle down is totally debunked. He interviews Nick Hanauer. Bottom line, consumer demand rules everything.


    • 181 desertflower
      May 18, 2012 at 9:59 am

      We are the one’s we’ve been waiting for! WE are the job creators!!! WE drive the economy!!

  41. 183 amk for obama
    May 18, 2012 at 10:17 am

    wtf did mittbot even mean by that?

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