A Word from Tien Le

I was out participating in the democratic process and then went out for some fun, so I arrived very late to TOD last night. This afforded me a chance to read through the comment sections rapidly and with detachment, rather than living the outrage moment to moment. Then I got to sleep on it. Refreshed, I discovered a new perspective on the comment made by Mayor Booker yesterday.

First I was struck by the use of the word “nauseating” to refer to the advertising taking swipes at Mitt’s time at Bain Capital. Put in context with the glee with which the Right exploited his comment as an attack on the President, I came to realize that this is a very visceral reaction. What that tells me is that this advertising strategy is highly effective. On some level Cory might realize that, but what some are calling his false equivalence to the Rev. Wright controversy, does have a parallel.

Both the time at Bain Capital for Mitt and the time as a parishioner of Rev. Wright for the President represent a part of their respective pasts that needed to be addressed as a part of the vetting process conducted by the media for the benefit of the American electorate. Cory might not agree that part of the process needs to happen, and long for a more substantive current issues-related debate to be reflected in advertising and media scrutiny. The fact remains it IS part of the process of vetting a President. The GOP didn’t get to use their advertising featuring Rev. Wright, and the President stepped up to confront the issue with his brilliant speech on race relations in this country. The roles are reversed now: the Democrats are using advertising highlighting Mitt’s time at Bain, and Mitt isn’t stepping up to address his behavior or belief system to the American public.

Let us not lose sight of the fact that the advertising is highly effective in a visceral way. And that effectiveness is part of why the response on the blogs and twitter were so intense yesterday. People don’t want to lose those ads, or at least what they represent, as a tool to use against Romney. Not even so much about Romney, but the whole idea of exposing vulture capitalism for what it is. To that I say it is only one tool in a very large box of tools that the Obama campaign possesses. It just happens to be the one they’re wielding right now. Also bear in mind that this is the part of the campaign cycle where the Obama campaign is working to define Mitt Romney before he can define himself. During this time the campaign puts out many types of advertising to see what resonates and what is effective and which ones can or cannot be effectively countered by the opposition. This is the testing phase, not the General Election. We’re not voting for a few more months (an ETERNITY in political terms).

Second, let’s talk about the very interesting man who is Cory Booker. The man who said this and we all hailed him for it:

“Before you speak to me about your religion, first show it to me in how you treat other people. Before you tell me how much you love your God, show me how much you love all His children. Before you preach to me of your passion for your faith, teach me about it through your compassion for your neighbors. In the end, I’m not as interested in what you have to tell or sell as how you choose to live and give.”

I wish he hadn’t made the comments he did yesterday; but I also wish that he hadn’t become the subject of a character assassination the way he was. I get it, TOD is the mama bear protecting her cub and comes out, claws and teeth bared, ready to protect the President at all costs. Cory Booker is just a man. He’s allowed to make mistakes. He clearly isn’t getting the best advice about how to express his opinions in the public forum. He shows the same weakness as his fellow Rhodes Scholar, Rachel Maddow. They’re both young-ish and have egos and probably don’t have someone like Michelle Obama to keep them grounded and humble. Probably neither of them had someone like Stanley Ann Dunham to raise them to be more intuitive than they are. And they both could use a good dose of up-side-the-head maturity and learn to think strategically. They both need mentoring from an adult like the President. Of the two, I’d guess that Cory Booker would be more likely to seek out and accept that kind of mentoring than would Rachel.

I’m not going to throw Cory Booker under the bus just yet. There is too much potential for good from that man, too much capability and inner strength and capacity for honesty. I dislike what he said, but I don’t believe the President was harmed in any way by it. The President and his team know how to run a campaign for the office of President. Cory Booker does not. What happened to Cory yesterday must have been viewed by the Right as a true victory. They are as afraid of Cory’s appeal as they are President Obama. If we handed them the ultimate destruction of Cory Booker’s political career based on one gaffe, then they must be celebrating right now. Frankly I don’t think Cory did that much damage to his career. If George Allen can survive the ‘maccaca’ incident (he’s running for office again, isn’t he?), then Cory can survive this. It is my hope Cory learns a profound lesson from this and seeks out some adult guidance on how to avoid such a misstep in the future.

328 Responses to “A Word from Tien Le”

  1. 1 Liberal Librarian
    May 21, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Very cogent thoughts.

    • 3 proudmemberofglobalzero
      May 21, 2012 at 2:18 pm

      I am with kari on this. Mayor Booker protects charter schools at the cost of public schools, he is NOT hurting being laid off by big corporations, he is NOT having to start all over at the age of 53. My father was like Bain. He took a profitable company and moved production to Mexico, he laid off everyone in his steel plant. We lived it, we did it to others, we look and their faces and see what we do to middle class families.

    • 4 miss pat
      May 21, 2012 at 2:22 pm

      Me too. The man should know better. Don’t carry dirty water for the GOP. Let them do it themnseves. They are/were using him and he allowed them to.

    • May 21, 2012 at 2:30 pm

      I also respectfully disagree. He was out for himself and he was aware of that.

  2. 7 Cheryllou
    May 21, 2012 at 1:21 pm


  3. 8 relellit
    May 21, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    Congratulations Liberal Librarian

  4. 9 Martha
    May 21, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    I agree with your words, we are not perfect on the other hand we also must realize that whatever a dems speak about, it is a reflection on the president.. We must think before we speak and act. This election is too important for mistake.

    • 10 Sharon
      May 21, 2012 at 2:47 pm

      A sober reason to carefully consider your driving habits while sporting an Obama bumper sticker.

  5. May 21, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Thanks so much for this Tien Le. I completely understand your point that it seems a bit premature to throw Booker ‘under the bus’ for this, but I do think he’s an extremely smart man who knew exactly what he was saying – it wasn’t, to my ears at least, a gaffe. It was calculated. And I still have a horrible suspicion that this was more about advancing his own political career than it was about any genuine concern for the tone of the 2012 campaign. I will just never understand why he chose to equate the attacks on Bain with the right trying to make the Rev Wright an issue again. That was just extraordinary. He has brought nothing but joy to the right with this, I’m just amazed the Romney campaign hasn’t brought out an ad yet highlighting his comments. But thanks Tien, really appreciate the post.

    • 12 Michele
      May 21, 2012 at 1:32 pm

      Chips, they are already raising money on his mis-guided comments. So my response for all of us is to dig deep and fine money for PBO and Tom Barrett in WI….

    • 16 sabreen60
      May 21, 2012 at 2:15 pm

      I just read that during the 2008 campaign there were 2000 articles and stories about Rev Wright in the print on the TV. McCain may have chosen not to endorse the coverage of Wright, but the MSM sure did cover him. I simply don’t understand this meme that because McCain didn’t “use” Rev Wright in his campaign that there was NO coverage of Wright. Rev Wright’s couple of sound bit played in a loop on TV for WEEKS. Yet Thien Le says, “The GOP didn’t get to use their advertising featuring Rev. Wright, and the President stepped up to confront the issue with his brilliant speech on race relations in this country.” That is totally untrue. Damn near every Repub talked about Wright, including VP nominee Sarah Palin.

    • 17 57andfemale
      May 21, 2012 at 2:35 pm

      I agree, Chips. I re-read the statement today and was more horrified – it was a not a gaffe. It was a complete thought in Booker’s head and he was fully defending Bain’s business practices, and making no distinction between running a company (and I will argue the long term economic health of an artificial profit instrument) and what is expected and respected in a POTUS. When you read the several complex sentences that Booker uttered, he was at best negligent. At worst he dealt a blow that someone in his position should not deal to their party. We are trying to establish a narrative that is compelling — Cory Booker did damage to that practice. Not insurmountable, but unnecessary and self-serving at the expense of his party and his country.

      You do not make the other side’s point. I go ballistic when our side does it on minor issues. This is the heart of our argument against Mitt Romney. It’s outrageous.

      The reason conservatives have been able to dominate politics, policy and political discourse for the last 30+ years is because they don’t do this kind of thing. The reason the country now believes that all government is bad and all private industry is good; taxes are evil and always misspent — is because of a relentless, disciplined message machine. Our side has right, honor and truth on our side, yet we play by Republican rules, buy into their message even to refute it, instead of propelling a positive vision of America. The vision that I was brought up to believe would always guide this country. this is the vision that PBO is working so damned hard to ‘brand’ as a Democratic image, and Cory Booker did damage.

      He will be invoked by the right wing all the way to the election. We will never be able to outspend Karl Rove. We just don’t need this kind of self-serving b.s. During the NATO summit, for God’s sake. You selfish jerk.

    • May 21, 2012 at 2:46 pm

      Thanks for allowing me to share it, Chips. I don’t disagree with you on this. I might have been calculated, but it was still a mistake.

      • May 21, 2012 at 2:48 pm

        Thank you Tien Le, really appreciate you sending me the post, it’s healthy for us to battle it out. Thanks again.

      • 21 elo4obama/biden
        May 21, 2012 at 5:40 pm

        If someting is calculated , as in uttered by intentt, it is NOT a mistake. Unless you mean he mistakenly miscalculated how much this would piss off democratic voters, hopefully including some from NJ! 🙂

        • May 21, 2012 at 11:04 pm

          Calculated or not, it was a mistake. It was a MIS-calculation, if it was intentional. He blew it, no doubt about it.

          • 23 0388jojothecat
            May 21, 2012 at 11:20 pm

            I agree that Cory Booker made a mistake. Maybe when the words were coming out of his mouth it did not sound as bad. I too will give him a 2nd chance but he needs to keep his mouth shut and stay away from the sunday media shows and stay off of Pierce Morgan show. I believe Mayor Booker is a good public servant who cares about his constituents. I listened to Randi Rhoads this afternoon and she said he neets the vulture capitalist to fund his campaign for governor but she too said it was F@$ked up what he said.

    • May 21, 2012 at 10:07 pm

      Well said Chips. I understand that Cory Booker has been a supporter of Barack Obama’s for many years but if you’re going to advertise that you’re a “surrogate” then by golly you’d better think before you speak….especially on national television. When Republicans are intentionally sabotaging the economy they don’t need any extra help from a democrat. The problem I have is Booker has throughout his political career cultivated and maintained close ties to Wall Street and affluent, investor class donors. On Sunday he clearly went beyond simply decrying the tone of the campaign. It’s easy to forget, but before the world met Barack Obama in 2004, many believed that the first black president would be Booker.

  6. 25 collegekay
    May 21, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Thank you Tien Le. All of the personal, and downright racist attacks yielded at Cory on twitter yesterday made me sick. I couldn’t believe some of what I was reading.

    • 26 jackiegrumbacher
      May 21, 2012 at 4:11 pm

      The personal and racial attacks are 100 percent unacceptable and there should never be a place in any dialogue for that kind of language. There was real visceral anger toward Booker because he not only undermined the president, he destroyed the image many people had of him as a decent, moral, true blue Democrat and supporter. People would have been irritated and annoyed at any Democrat that acted this stupidly, but the fact that it was Booker shocked people and hyped up the anger. It felt like betrayal, not only of the president, but of our own feelings for Booker himself. Booker was on the fast track toward a governorship and a national role in the not too distant future. That track has now stalled. He’s gone back to square one and has to prove himself all over again with no golden aura to forward his progress. I don’t believe for one second that he made a gaffe, but he made a grave error in terms of his career and people’s trust in him.

      That said, the wheels of the Obama campaign will move forward and Booker’s comment will be nothing but a small bump on the road. He may have given the GOP a feel good moment, but it won’t last and it isn’t going to help them in the end.

    • 27 Betsy
      May 21, 2012 at 8:53 pm

      There were visceral attacks, but I didn’t see any racial attacks, but then most of my twitter friends are the TOD family.

      • 28 collegekay
        May 21, 2012 at 8:59 pm

        They were there. I did some unfollowing yesterday. It’s ok though. None of those attacks were from TOD members.

  7. 29 Janelle
    May 21, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    You made some good thoughts but overall, I disagree. This was calculated by him and it backfired. Until he issues a sincere apology about the Bain ads and to the campaign, it’s a no–go for me. I’ve been doing some reading up on Mr. Booker lately and I’m not liking the majority of what I see. Rhodes scholar or not, he has some interesting affiliations that concern me. The stunt he pulled in order to be more noticed on the national scene has just caused me to do more research. I don’t hate Cory Booker, but I view him from a definite distance.

    • 30 0388jojothecat
      May 21, 2012 at 11:23 pm

      No wonder he went on Rachel Maddows show. It is being replayed soon at 9 PM, I’ll have see if Rachel agrees with him.

  8. 31 Brit
    May 21, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    I don’t feel Cory made a gaffe yesterday. I believe the “Salon” article about Cory Booker, which stated that his remarks yesterday weren’t a mistake at all.

  9. 34 mtmarilyn
    May 21, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    Thanks, Tien Le. I don’t know what I think. I have read some more about him and charter schools and people that are supporting him. I am willing to wait and see. But I am no longer following him on Twitter.

  10. 35 theo67
    May 21, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    I’m not ready to throw Cory Booker under the bus, but I certainly don’t think that Rev Wright and Bain Capital are on an equal footing when it comes to vetting candidates. The Rev Wright has never played a part in President Obama’s Administration or his political philosophy. And the section that was excerpted sent a specific, and skewed, message about the entirety of the man. Whereas, Bain Capital is the only experience that Mitt Romney is touting as his rationale to be President. He has ignored his time as governor, where his record on “job creation” speaks for itself, and he’s denied any knowledge of signing a health reform law. His reference to the Olympics ignores the fact that he took millions (billions?) of taxpayer dollars to manage the event, and didn’t seem to have a problem with “uncontrolled spending”; not to mention that there are some who worked with him who denied he played that big of a role in the success of the event.

    So, Rev Wright – a soundbite that one could argue shows poor judgement for a speech from the pulpit, and who has a history of service to his country and good works in his community. Versus Mitt’s time at Bain Capital, destroying many lives and businesses, not actually running a single operation with which he was involved, demonstrating a definite fear of risk and propensity for cowardice, and reaping millions of dollars for him and his cronies.

    These two things are not the same. Cory knows it.

    • May 21, 2012 at 2:50 pm

      I agree, they are not the same by any stretch of the imagination. The parallel comes from them both being criticisms about the candidates’ past. Candidate Obama responded to the criticism in a way that couldn’t be dismissed. Mitt isn’t responding to the criticism in any fashion that could be considered credible.

      • 37 theo67
        May 21, 2012 at 3:39 pm

        Agree on parts of that point. Yes, as evaluations of a candidate’s past, but not on the basis of comparing them with the same level of relevance pertaining to criteria for measuring future governing philosophy.

  11. 38 FormelyFRED
    May 21, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    back.These OWS folks are heading straight to the Obama campaign hq and I pray the police will be there waiting for them.I am so sick and tired of these people protesting the President.
    How the hell can they protest the President? If one thing the President should be protesting their goddamn apathy. I spoke to a group of 10 just this morning and NONE of them voted during the midterm elections and they were so uninformed.A LOT of them are also single issue voters: marijuana,gay rights,environment,Guantanamo Bay and surprisingly NONE of them knew that the President couldn’t write the Bills and sign them turning them into the Law of the land.
    I am so frustrated and as much as I am happy having Potus and Flotus back home,I want this Summit done and over with so that this drunk,stoned bunch (they reeked of alcohol and grass at 11AM 😮 ) can go back wherever the hell they came from and if they are Chicagoans,with all due respect but go home as well and sleep it off

    • 39 theo67
      May 21, 2012 at 1:41 pm

      Fred – I engaged with one on twitter last night (way too late to be tweeting – I should have known better). I challenged his characterization of the actions yesterday as a “police state”. I think some of them get caught up in the hype of it all, and forget what they are actually fighting for. Very few of them are probably even registered to vote, and probably fewer still know who the name of their Congress person.

    • 45 Lovepolitics2008
      May 21, 2012 at 1:53 pm

      “NONE of them knew that the President couldn’t write the Bills”. So sad to see how ignorance makes them target the wrong people.

      Contrast with OFA, where people get engaged, inform themselves and work to bring change.

    • 46 jackiegrumbacher
      May 21, 2012 at 4:20 pm

      It’s sad that this movement deteriorated so quickly into a bunch of loonies on parade. I’m sure the Obama campaign is well of aware of the threat to their HQ and are fully protected against attack. Frankly, these people are nothing short of idiots who deserve no respect. I think PBO was very smart to stay as far away from them as possible from the beginning. The only decent thing they ever did is get people thinking in terms of 1% and 99%. I had people telling me that I should be supporting OWS, that it was an important movement and I wasn’t getting it. Well, it lost any hope of being an important movement long ago. It’s just a bunch of rabble rousers.

  12. 47 edwina3
    May 21, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    I appreciate the generosity of spirit expressed by Tien Le, however, Cory Booker just made me get very real about who he is. He’s probably a very nice guy in many respects, but he is clearly looking out for himself and his political career and not so much about PBO’s election. Booker has just lowered my expectations considerably about his value as a Democratic spokesperson.

    • May 21, 2012 at 2:53 pm

      I’ll have to take a closer look at the man, too, but as I’m not living in Newark, it isn’t a priority for me. My feeling is that expectations of the man were too high to begin with in many political circles. He’s just a Mayor.

      • 49 jackiegrumbacher
        May 21, 2012 at 4:25 pm

        He is just a mayor and therefore should not have issued a press statement about the ad in the first place. Fortunately, very few people outside of NJ know who is he, so his impact will be muted. Expectations were high for him because he promoted them with his moral pronouncements. He was certainly looking for a prize higher than Newark. Great expectations surrounded PBO as well when he was “just” a state senator from Illinois. Barack Obama always lived up to them. Booker did not.

        • May 21, 2012 at 4:33 pm

          It’s unfortunate, that much is certain. Cory Booker is WAY behind the curve when it comes to maturity. I wonder if becoming a Rhodes scholar somehow impedes emotional growth?

          • 51 0388jojothecat
            May 21, 2012 at 11:30 pm

            Yep, Bill Clinton, Rachell Maddow, etc… He is only 43yrs old and is ready for primetime.

  13. May 21, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    I just included Axelrod’s thoughts on this on last post. (with Andrea Mitchell in Chgo) He made it clear that no one on the Obama team was happy with Booker’s nauseating comments—–and why. He said he loved Booker, would want him near if he was ever in a burning bldg. but in this case he was just “plain wrong”. Axe said much of Willard’s Bain activities is disturbing and deserves to be looked at. Dems always forgive so I imagine that is what will happen. I just wish all Dems would think a minute before they speak—–of all possible consequences. As everyone knows, there is too much at stake for individuals to be wandering off the reservation—–even a little bit—-with their self-interested notions—–which gives ammunition to the Willard campaign and damages the plans of the Obama campaign. Can’t afford that right now. Booker will probably be fine in the long run but I suspect many will think of him differently now and there will be a loss of regard and respect.

    • 53 collegekay
      May 21, 2012 at 1:39 pm


    • 54 Liberal Librarian
      May 21, 2012 at 1:44 pm

      Exactly. Either row in the same direction, or get off the boat. This election is too existentially serious for either “gaffes” or for putting daylight between yourself and PBO. I’m still livid with him, but I’m hoping that the tsunami that fell on his head yesterday has given him pause. If he has bigger political aspirations in the future, it will be with the Democratic Party that is being reshaped in PBO’s image, not by playing up to Wall Street.

    • 55 57andfemale
      May 21, 2012 at 2:46 pm

      These beliefs were known. That’s why Gregory put him on the show.

      I’ve really had it with the MSM only supporting RWNJ memes.

      • 56 EricFive
        May 21, 2012 at 2:59 pm

        You read my mind 57. It was not a gaffe. It is the REASON he was given a seat at the MTP table.

    • May 21, 2012 at 4:18 pm

      And Axw made his comments without debasing himself with ad hominem attacks. He’s an excellent spokesman.

    • 58 Claire
      May 21, 2012 at 5:50 pm

      Well stated dotster3!

    • 59 nathkatun7
      May 21, 2012 at 7:36 pm

      ” I just wish all Dems would think a minute before they speak—–of all possible consequences.”

      This is an excellent advice, dotster3. I think this advice should be heeded by all of us. While I agree 100% with pointed criticism of Mayor Booker because, without a doubt, his dumb (some say calculated) statements damaged and undermined the President’s truthful campaign message exposing the falsehood of Romney’s claim that he is a job creator. At the same time, I also think that calling Mayor Booker a “traitor,” “house boy” or “uncle Tom,” etc., hurts and undermines the President’s message that calls on all of us to be respectful of one another.

      • 60 0388jojothecat
        May 21, 2012 at 11:34 pm

        There are too many politicians who will step up to the microphone and say whatever stupid crap that is in their heads…Republicans more than Democrats. I swear, most of these people have degrees, are doctors, lawyers, teachers, businessmen/women, etc., It is really scary that some of these people are making laws.

  14. 61 Ladyhawke
    May 21, 2012 at 1:36 pm


    So we are supposed to ignore Romney’s job performance as governor. And not mention the fact that RomneyCare was the template for ObamaCare. All that leaves is Bain and the 2004 Winter Olympics. Now there’s a hefty resume for the Oval Office. Romney seems to forget he is running against a sitting president, not a first term U.S. senator. The lack of experience meme just won’t work this time.

    ‘Is that a record to be proud of?’

    By Steve Benen


    The larger point, of course, is that we’re looking at a campaign dynamic without a modern precedent, especially for a governor running for the White House. In 2000, George W. Bush said, “Look at what I did in Texas.” In 1992, Bill Clinton said, “Look at what I did in Arkansas.” In 1980, Ronald Reagan said, “Look at what I did in California.”

    And in 2012, Mitt Romney is saying, “Look at what I did at Bain Capital.”

    You know there’s a problem for Romney when his own top surrogates struggle to defend his record in Massachusetts — his only experience in government — during a Fox News interview.

    Indeed, let’s also not forget that Jon Huntsman, who’s endorsed Romney, said through his campaign last summer, “The reality is Mitt Romney’s record on job creation was abysmal by every standard.”



  15. 62 Martha
    May 21, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Booker is always on twitter, so I am sure He isaware of the facts that the repugs have nothing on the president to attack, so they are counting on the dems to provide them with annution to attack the president. He took a risk because he knows if he booker mention the president it will be news. But I bet you he is regretting his comment today.

  16. May 21, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Sorry, but imo, this is a load of crock from tien le. What I do not agree with is that somehow PBO hasn’t been vetted, or didn’t get vetted on the Rev Wright stuff. I don’t agree that Rev Wright, a private citizen is held to a standard of no other private citizen’s relationship with a politician. THERE IS NO PARALLEL BETWEEN THE REV AND BAIN!!!!I I don’t excuse behavior by adults who should know better. If Corey made a mistake, fine, he should say so and we’ll move on. He hasn’t said that. Instead he did a double reverse, gobbly gook video that didn’t address why he said what he did. I don’t care if Corey survives this or not, this is bigger than him. No one’s thrown him under the bus. He was in the driver seat of that bus, but instead of steering it in cruise control, he jumps off of the bus while it’s still moving and hurls his own nauseated self under its tires.

    • 65 theo67
      May 21, 2012 at 1:45 pm

      Well said.

    • 66 jacquelineoboomer
      May 21, 2012 at 1:58 pm

      Cory Booker has raised all kinds of doubts about himself that were totally unnecessary, possibly because he’s gotten a bit ego-centric and isn’t handling the national limelight well. He had been on a major roll before this. One thing I found strange was that he put out the online video like he was afraid to be questioned one-on-one … I was even asking myself who paid for the video, his city or his political funders … if he has so much to add and is so nauseated, why not go on cable news the same day to explain more of his point. And what was his original point? He can walk back his comments on the presidential campaign, but he also needs to do a bit more explaining on how he got himself into the situation. He doesn’t need us to give him another chance, he can just take the chance all on his own and learn from it.

    • 67 Claire
      May 21, 2012 at 5:52 pm

      YES cookemom! Nail meet head. You said it all.

    • 68 elo4obama/biden
      May 21, 2012 at 6:15 pm

      Fired up and ready to go Cookemom! Yes he threw himself under this bus! Yep, he mistanely miscalculated just how pissed we’d be. The middle class has not grown in over 10 freakin years. Let’s ship more of our jobs overseas.

  17. 69 auni
    May 21, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    I didn’t comment on Booker’s statement yesterday. I was listening when he said it, and it gave me a little jolt. My thought was that he was saying that politics needs to rise to a different level. I agree with that, but still, you have to fight fire with fire. So I don’t know–I’m not willing to pile on him yet. I’ll wait and see how this plays out.

    • 70 57andfemale
      May 21, 2012 at 3:24 pm

      I’d kind of agree with you except Booker extended what could have been a plea for a positive campaign, into a full-blown defense of Bain Capital. And somehow that was off the table and was no different than Rev. Wright.

      I really liked this guy and saw him as a principled rising star. At least for now, the most generous I can be is that he is not ready for prime time. However, I do not trust him as I did a few days ago. In order to secure some campaign donations from Wall St. and venture capitalists, he threw the entire 2012 Democratic message under the bus. We’ll all brush it off, it won’t be insurmountable. But we will hear his name from now until the election. He gave weapons to the enemy. It will take a list of accomplishments for him to win back my trust. He has a long way to go.

  18. 71 ChristiMTL
    May 21, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    I don’t think it was a gaffe or a mistake……….this was delibarate…..Romney runs on his Bain record, that’s all he talk about…it’s normal for the campaign to go after his so called record of ”job creator”, it’s fair game……President Obama, then Senator Obama didn’t run on what his preacher was saying in Church. It’s completely different.

    When the right and MSM went after the Rev. Right, 24/7, it wasn’t to vet candidate Obama…..it was mostly racial motivated…..if churches are part of the vetting process, how come mormorism is off limits than?

    His time as a bishop…what he did, etc……it’s off limits and it’s fine…….so why the double standard with candidate Obama?

    What Booker did is unforgivable…in my view anyway…..he knew what he was doing and even his choice of words were way off….”nauseating”? come on.

    RNC just launched today ‘I Stand With Cory’ petition………….it’s just a mess that he created himself, backstabbing the President……if he wants to go on shows and talk about whatever, fine, but not as a surrogate.

    • 72 Left-Indie
      May 21, 2012 at 3:05 pm

      Yeah, most of this. However, I really don’t think he was throwing the Prez under the bus, although it turned out that way. He was mostly trying to raise his own profile as a level-headed, above the dirt, enterprise-friendly new age Democrat. He said many commendable things before but even then you could smell the ambition in every sentence, every tv appearance. He did damage here, but probably still an asset for us. I really think it’s time to stop the beating and have him turn back around as advocate again. We’re going to need everybody to beat these bastards.

  19. 74 donna dem 4 obama
    May 21, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    I don’t have a clue as to what Cory’s motives were so I’m not going there. I will say that message discipline is a problem for our side and it drives me crazy. That is the issue that I have with what Cory did yesterday. If you are going to be a surrogate for the President’s re-election don’t go on a Sunday or any other day talk show and say something to the contrary of the Campaign. You cannot expect things to go well for you if you do. Those of us on the ground doing the hardwork of communicating to voters shouldn’t have to go back and clarify messages from the campaign. Yes when we make calls to recruit volunteers and to get voters to the polls this type of stuff does occassionally come up. Stop making our jobs that much more difficult. And for goodness sake don’t give the opposition any more ammunition to fight us.

    I haven’t and won’t get into the name calling or declaring his career doomed. I just don’t know enough about this man to make those types of declarations. We need to remember to keep our eyes on the prize and that goes for our so-called surrogates as well.


    • May 21, 2012 at 1:52 pm

      Good points. That’s why I say this is bigger than this one man. This is about how easily and quickly a campaign strategy can be derailed, or at the least rerouted for clean up duty. That’s wasted time and energy that can be used elsewhere.

    • 76 nathkatun7
      May 21, 2012 at 7:54 pm

      Excellent comment, Donna! I agree 100% with everything you said and especially the “need to remember to keep our eyes on the prize….”

  20. 77 edwina3
    May 21, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    The national spotlight is really seductive and even well-meaning people are tempted by ego-puffery. All those accolades from Booker’s heroic rescue are hard to resist and notice that the mayor didn’t resist going on CNN, the Ellen Show and other media outlets to recount the details. If Booker is guilty of anything yesterday, I detected that undectable air of self-importance which is the addictive catnip for all politicians. So, he’s human, but he gets a little bit of the side-eye from me going forward.

    • May 21, 2012 at 1:59 pm

      I felt sorry for Cory Booker when I looked at the video of him backtracking. He looked shallow and scared. He’s gonna have to go find himself some depth of character and restore his integrity. And truly, I wish him well in that. He would do well to leave politics for a while. Chips, it’s a fine thing that there’s space here for us to speak our thinkings and ~listen~ to each other. Fine thing. Extraordinary. xoxox

      • 79 debbyeOh
        May 21, 2012 at 2:31 pm

        This morning on Morning Joke, Joe Scar said it looked like a hostage video. To her credit, Mika did say”Let’s look at some of Mitt Romeny’s hostage videos!”

        • 80 Cha
          May 21, 2012 at 4:02 pm

          It was terrible! I thought it was boring..kept going on and on, unconvinciingly. But, if it was a hostage like situation it was of Booker’s own doing.

          I wonder, in retrospect, if he wishes he wouldn’t have done, either? Stepped into IT Big Time and tried to Cover IT up with a hasty slight of hand?

          • 81 0388jojothecat
            May 21, 2012 at 11:39 pm

            Kinda like when Rush Limpballs gets on the GOP for going off script. How many had to do a backtrack after Rush Limpballs got a hold of their nuts?

  21. 82 hopefruit2
    May 21, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Cory’s comments didn’t strike me as gaffes. In fact, initially even after some people started pushing back, he seemed to double down on the false equivalency angle – selectively retweeting only those that agreed with him. Only when it became clear to him that the only people “congratulating and thanking” him were Republicans (anti-Obama Republicans at that), did he attempt to “clarify” what he said, during which he failed to take back or apologize for his specific attacks on the Obama campaign ads, and he gave a platitudinal “I want POTUS to be re-elected” response.

    I do agree that the racist attacks were wrong and uncalled for. However, that doesn’t negate the duplicity of his actions on Meet The Press. He attacked Obama’s campaign ad as being “nauseating” and “crap” and equated it with Rev Wright propaganda. That was not an honest comparison by any means. And he did this knowing fully well that David Gregory and the other Republicans in the media would use his words against PBO.

    • 83 Debz
      May 21, 2012 at 2:12 pm

      I could overlook Booker’s comment about the ad, but the comparison of an ad calling out Willard on the premise of his campaign, to the racist Rev Wright attacks is what I found very disturbing. Then he followed with the complaints about the “tone” yet hasn’t said a thing about his BFF, Christie’s lies about POTUS or Willard’s disgraceful comments portraying the POTUS ad “un-American.” Cory needs to grow up, and do it fast. The Obama campaign will go on to do what they do best, but this needs to be a lesson for all those who get starry eyed about being on TV.

    • 84 Cha
      May 21, 2012 at 4:07 pm

      I really liked John Legend’s Tweet to Cory Booker..

      John Legend ‏@johnlegend

      @CoryBooker bringing up Bain is central to romney’s own case for his qualifications. Rev wright is not central to obama’s record at all.

      There was another Tweet that said..she wished John Legend had been on mtp to speak for the Obama Campaign. YEAH!

  22. 85 Ladyhawke
    May 21, 2012 at 1:49 pm


    Lis Smith ‏@Lis_Smith


    .@EricFehrn veers off-message w/ @MitchellReports: “At Bain Capital, of course, the mission was to create value.” Not jobs?


  23. 86 Ladyhawke
    May 21, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    Unemployment rates fall in two-thirds of US states


    Unemployment rates fell in two-thirds of U.S. states last month, evidence that modest economic growth is boosting hiring in most areas of the country.

    And in many states, unemployment has fallen well below the national average, which was 8.1 percent last month. Rates were lower than 7 percent in 22 states in April. That compares to only 13 states in April 2011.

    The Labor Department said Friday that unemployment rates dropped in 37 states in April, the most in three months. Unemployment rose in 5 states and was unchanged in eight.

    Nationally, the unemployment rate has fallen a full percentage point since August. Employers have added a million jobs over the past five months, although the pace of hiring slowed in March and April.



    (h/t BWD)

  24. May 21, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    TIRED of people making excuses for Booker.

    If he had just been there, as an independent sellout like Harold Ford, there’d be no problem.

    he was there as an OFFICIAL CAMPAIGN SPOKESMAN

    and THUS, the problem of your bullshyt, Corey.

  25. May 21, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    if Booker can’t stay on message, then tell his ass that he shouldn’t volunteer as a SPOKESPERSON FOR THE CAMPAIGN.

    I have no problem with sellouts, but label them as sellouts, and don’t allow them to muddle with the Obama 2012 Message.

  26. 89 auni
    May 21, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    I just read the Salon article. I wanted to think the best about Booker, but looks more like he just wanted to keep the Wall Street guys willing to support him. So, under the bus with you Cory Baby! I always tend to hem and haw around about new issues. Takes me a bit to form an opinion. Sometimes it serves me well, and other times leaves me flat footed. Here Cory, let me hold your jacket while the bus runs over your sorry ass.

  27. May 21, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Willard Romney says that the reason he is qualified to be President of the United States is because he knows how to take care of the economy and President Obama doesn’t.

    He’s not saying that he had executive experience because he was the Governor of Massachusetts – something that he has completely run away from. Look at Willard’s campaign – it’s like his time as the Governor of Massachusetts just doesn’t exist.

    He’s not running on foreign policy experience – remember the articles from last week about him ‘forming a foreign policy after the election’.

    No. He’s staked his claim on why he should be President because he’s a rich White man, and the crux of that is Bain Capital.

    I’m fine if he wants folks to judge him on his time at Bain Capital.


    Let us discuss the American workers that were given the shaft by Willard and Bain.

    Let us discuss the fundamentals of how Bain made money. They weren’t about making jobs. They were about making money.

    But, they don’t want to discuss that. They don’t want to talk about:
    1. the jobs he shipped overseas
    2. the companies he bankrupted
    3. the people whose economic lives he ruined.

    They wanna bullshyt and call that the President’s attempt at ‘character assassination’.

    Just once I wish someone from the Obama campaign to retort – you’d actually have to HAVE CHARACTER in order for it to be assassinated, but I know they can’t.

    It’s not character assassination to break it down to the American people that Willard and Bain didn’t give a rat’s ass about ‘creating jobs’. They were all about ‘ making money’. And, they rigged the game, so, whether the company succeeded OR FAILED – Bain made money.

    The whole 99% vs. 1% isn’t about the 99% being ‘envious’. They just know unfair bullshyt when they see it.

    People understand – if a company is doing successful, then yes, people should make money.

    But, it’s hard to explain, in anything other than 1% ridiculousness, how, if you run a company INTO BANKRUPTCY, how your ass should walk away with MILLIONS OF DOLLARS.

    And, that is EXACTLY what Willard and Bain did – time after time.

    Time after time, bankrupting companies, walking away from the pension and medical benefit obligations of employees and retirees, while making MILLIONS for themselves.

    On top of that, not only walking away from those worker and retiree obligations, but putting the AMERICAN TAXPAYER on the hook for them.

    All while Willard – AND BAIN – walked away with MILLIONS.

    THIS is why Bain is fair game.

    Willard has said he should be President because of his ‘ business experience’.

    Therefore, every inch of what was done at Bain is part of what the American People have a RIGHT TO KNOW.

    Was this so hard?

    And, if it wasn’t hard for me.

    You understand why I find the defense of Booker ‘nauseating’.


    • 91 57andfemale
      May 21, 2012 at 3:27 pm


    • 92 jackiegrumbacher
      May 21, 2012 at 4:38 pm

      What it comes down to is that the ads were too truthful for Romney’s comfort. They are hitting home. He’s been whining about them because he hasn’t got the guts to hear the truth. He thought he could just strut out on the national stage looking very rich and “white” and people would just swoon and say, “I want the white guy” Because, really, he has nothing else to offer. All his life people have been telling him he looks good and is destined for greatness. He believes his own hype. He didn’t think he would have to offer details.

    • 93 nathkatun7
      May 21, 2012 at 9:18 pm

      All these are good points, rickyrah! I am also tired of people trying to equate success in business with the ability to govern. Government is not a business. The sole purpose for a business is to make money; the sole purpose of government is to take care of the well being of all its citizens. I’ve never heard of any person go into business because his/her primary goal was to create jobs. Business people, like Romney, employ people only because labor is necessary to create wealth. If labor costs interfere with making money business people lay off workers. The unemployed workers have to survive somehow, so government steps in to provide for their well being. Personally, I think business people who want to treat government as a business are the most unsuitable candidates for public office. George W. Bush was a businessman, but look at the economic mess he left the country in. On the other hand, Bill Clinton, whose entire work experience was in government, presided over a very strong economy. Even the right wing hero, St. Ronnie, (who in my judgement is overrated) never owned any business. I wish we still had real journalists in the MSM who would challenge Romney’s premise that having a business experience automatically qualifies him to be President of the United States.

  28. 95 LOL
    May 21, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Let’s be honest. Whether it’s Booker or Harold Ford whoring himself for Morning Schmoe or Joe Manchin…some of these folks have always been about themselves. One of the most admiring and stupid things the GOP is known for is loyalty…in 06 many Reps were voted out because they were with Bush and the Iraq debacle. Dems on the other hand..especially those that voted against the health care bill were routed in 2010. 5 individual fingers is not as powerful as a fist….and Democrats display this on a nearly daily basis.

    Secondly, whether its Rosen, or VP Biden, or Booker…know that the MSM will always try to sow discord amongst DEMS. There is discord every now and then on the GOP side, but the media will not report it. A few weeks ago, the Hispanic gov of New Mexico, said she didn’t know what the heck- her words- Romney’s self deportation meant. But nary a peep from the MSM. Today, out of more than 50,000 donors who wrote checks for other GOP candidates like Gingrich, Santo and Gov. Rick Perry since the start of the nomination race, fewer than 600 appeared to donate to Romney in April. THIS IS A STORY. But last week the MSM feted us with “Romney nearly matches Obama in campaign funds”.

    Don’t feed into it. They know we have truth on our side. They know we have the people on our side. They know the BAIN attacks are working. The economy ain’t no great shakes, Afghanistan is touch and go and yet the president is even or beating Mittens in the swing states. Because people are and will continue keep giving the President credit because they know he inherited a shitstorm. The media will continue to talk about about house moms with or without two cadillacs, a mayor of a town of less than 300K people, a former governor and current senator whose state has a 20% poverty rate and a washed up Tennessee/New York wannabe congressman whose claim to fame is his unkept hair.

  29. 97 prettyfoot58
    May 21, 2012 at 2:00 pm


    let me say….i am always in awe at the analysis that the folks here bring to the table..


    For me…i had the intial outrage that many folks had…how dare he….

    but as the discourse got ugly and visceral….i had to take a step back…Steve Konacki’s comments on his blog attempted to put a context to the actions of Mayor Booker…and i must say that i was drawn in by that…Oooooooo weeee

    I cannot say that Mayor Booker is a traitior or that there is some kind of conspiracy….

    .what i can say is that I am thankful for the words that Tien quoted belonging to one Corey Booker…and i am thanful for her thoughtful analysis


    • 98 0388jojothecat
      May 21, 2012 at 11:47 pm

      Apparently Cory Booker gets a lot of money from Wall Street and he decided to do them a favor for a couple of pieces of silver. So sad, he had a good chance to run for governor. Until we get rid of corp money in elections, there will be crap like this from Democrats too. California had an opportunity to advance the public option in healthcare and the legislature was only two votes short and two Dems voted it down because they get money from the health insursance industry.

  30. 99 Linda
    May 21, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Economists predict slow, steady progress

    “Subpar” recovery will continue over the next year and a half. Employment, housing and spending metrics will continue to improve, albeit at a sluggish pace.

    ( front page of MSNBC site )

  31. 100 whatisworking
    May 21, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Tien Le

    Thank you so much for sharing your perspective. We need as many surrogates as we can find for President Obama. I hope Mayor Booker learns from this and changes not only his comments, but rethinks where he gets his funding, and re-evaluates the positions he takes on issues such as education and wall street reform.

    I have been mulling over some simple observations about Bookers comments, and Tien Le’s post inspired me to share them. They are not as eloquent or thoughtful as Tien Le but they are short and sweet (like me)

    1. Twitter was impressive, thanks to all who participated, if anyone is not yet on twitter and would like to join I would encourage you to ask for help below. There are Twitter Tutors standing by.

    2. Every time something like this happens we build up “coping muscle” – here are some muscles we flexed and should continue to flex until Nov.

    I was delighted to read folks whose tweets included facts on Bain, information about Romney’s record, and information on “vulture capitalism’

    We had 2 camps – “Bury Booker” or “Give Him Another Chance”. Regardless of which camp you fell into we kept our communication civil and productive, lets try and do this every time :->

    This is a tough one, it doesn’t feel as good a a primal scream, however when we confront the false facts instead of calling Booker a nazi or a traitor we win. It’s that simple, we look like “the only adult in the room” and we win.

    I know a lot more about Cory Booker than I did before, I appreciated the folks who shared the articles in Salon and the black commentator
    I also enjoyed the articles from Mitt Shook, Smartypants, and others. These articles included concepts which transcend Booker and will help us win in November.

    3. My last point relates to a comment made by Tien Le
    “The President and his team know how to run a campaign for the office of President. Cory Booker does not. What happened to Cory yesterday must have been viewed by the Right as a true victory. They are as afraid of Cory’s appeal as they are President Obama. If we handed them the ultimate destruction of Cory Booker’s political career based on one gaffe, then they must be celebrating right now.”

    I am reading “The Audacity to Win” by David Plouffe – the book helped me understand what good hands the campaign is in. Not only has the president “Got This” so do Plouffe, Axelrod, Cutter, Messina, Smoot, etc……. If you do not already have this book I would encourage you to hunt it down and read it today. I bought mine used on amazon and it was worth every penny.

    If others have books they would recommend that help us understand the strategy behind the president’s campaign, please list them below.

    • 101 Tally
      May 21, 2012 at 2:06 pm

      Thank you. THIS x INFINITY.

    • 102 a4alice
      May 21, 2012 at 3:07 pm

      Thankyou Linda. I have missed this whole thing – I’ve just been so busy so I haven’t ventured an opinion nor did I participate in what must have been an enormous Twitter pushback. These are good and salient points for me to keep in mind though whenever I do try and push back on some issue. Also thanks Tien for writing your comments I am going to have to get informed about what this was all about.

    • 103 57andfemale
      May 21, 2012 at 3:29 pm

      Pitch perfect. Thanks.

    • 104 prettyfoot58
      May 21, 2012 at 4:38 pm

      Thank you…so much…..love ya commentary

    • 105 nathkatun7
      May 21, 2012 at 9:29 pm

      WIW, as always, you zeroed in on what are the most important ways to “Keep Our Eyes on the Prize” as Donna urged us,! Thanks for this excellent commentary.

  32. 106 Tally
    May 21, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    WHOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA. I missed the drama last night, and I have to say I’m really shocked at all the vitriol over something that should not have been given 10 seconds of brain power on.

    The Right will only succeed in this latest SCANDAL if we allow it to be a SCANDAL…. and IT’S NOT.

    It’s a MAYOR – not a Governor, or Senator, expressing his personal opinion about negative campaigning.

    Yes – a MAYOR – who is extremely gifted, and has so much potential it scares the Rightwing SHITELESS, that they will do everything they can NOW to kill his future – and it seems there are tons of people who are eager to HELP THEM.



    If we allow the GOPMEDIA to manipulate us into NOT DEFENDING Mayor Booker’s right to express his personal opinion, then we are doomed.

    Last I knew, Mayor Booker is not the head of PBO’s campaign. Did that change when I was watching Game of Thrones last night?

    I love all of you. But I really think EVERYONE needs to take a very deep breath, step back, and stop allowing the media to manipulate you.


    I WILL NOT ALLOW the hysterical RIGHTWINGGOPMEDIA™® to dictate how I feel about any ONE, any THING, or any ISSUE. And I really think that is what is happening here.

    So Mayor Booker expressed an opinion about something. SO FUCKING WHAT? How does that change ANYTHING??? Because the RIGHTWINGGOPMEDIA says it does?


    I could care less if it was calculated or not. I DON’T CARE BECAUSE IT DOES NOT MATTER. Why are we even TALKING ABOUT THIS??? Why is this even IMPORTANT???

    And WHY ON EARTH would we throw someone like Mayor Booker under the bus for expressing a personal opinion about something??? Because the GOPMEDIA is on the fainting couch???

    I heard what Mayor Booker said, and didn’t think twice about it. I GET IT. MANY MANY PEOPLE ***HATE*** negative campaigning. So he finds negative campaign ads about Rev Wright, and Bain Capital et al NAUSEATING. AND?????


    When did Mayor Booker’s personal opinion on negative campaigning become the litmus test for being a good liberal?

    So agree or disagree with what he said. Get mad at him, or don’t. IT REALLY DOESN’T MATTER. JUST MOVE THE FUCK ON.

    But if we start throwing great advocates for our side, like Mayor Booker under the bus for having a personal opinion on negative campaigning, or anything else that REALLY DOESN’T MATTER, we have become the people we hate.

    We can’t be this easily twisted.

    • May 21, 2012 at 2:09 pm

      The thing us, I have seen your pro Booker posts before Tally, you think he is wonderful and so Hot. That is good for you, but a lot of People are without a Job because of Bain. And Booker gets Wall street Money, so, it seemed he was being a sellout.
      I love you too, but respectfully, your opinion is your opinion.
      We also have ours.

      • 108 Tally
        May 21, 2012 at 2:23 pm

        But that’s just it. He expressed a personal opinion, and he’s not in charge of PBO’s campaign. I only see this as huge because we’re allowing the rightwing to say it is. FUCK THEM.

        • 109 donna dem 4 obama
          May 21, 2012 at 2:34 pm

          Tally he prefaced his comments on MTP yesterday by saying that he is a “surrogate” for the Obama Campaign. So his opinion or not when you are speaking on behalf of the campaign you stay on message and don’t create more work for a campaign that already has their work cut out for them. If you feel “personally” different you don’t use the venue of MTP to express it. A call to campaign might have been more appropriate. But hey that’s just my opinion.

      • 111 nathkatun7
        May 21, 2012 at 9:36 pm

        Jovie, I for one have no problem with you criticizing Cory Booker. He messed up big time. But why hand Mitt Romney a win by focusing on Cory Booker and not Mitt Romney or the mainstream media that enables (or should I say uses) people like Cory Booker to distract us or cause disunity in our ranks?

    • May 21, 2012 at 2:14 pm

      It matters Tally, it really matters. See how the right wing are making hay out of this today.

      • 113 Tally
        May 21, 2012 at 2:20 pm

        Of *COURSE* they are.

        We don’t have to help them.

        • May 21, 2012 at 2:24 pm

          But how we are helping them by pointing out Booker’s idiocy? (And personal agenda?).

          • 115 Tally
            May 21, 2012 at 2:31 pm

            Because they don’t matter. AT. ALL.

            Mayor Booker ≠ President Barack Obama.

            Mayor Booker is a ****MAYOR****.

            Yes, he has an incredible future that the GOP feels they need to nip in the bud now, so he never rises above his station……

          • 116 Tally
            May 21, 2012 at 2:35 pm

            The GOPMEDIA would love nothing MORE than for us all to make a ****MAYOR***** (even one as awesome as Mayor Booker) –


            Think about that. That’s what this is.

            Step back, and see it.

            …. now I’m flashing on the end of Searching for Bobby Fischer… 😀 “Don’t move until you see it…”

            • 117 Chi
              May 21, 2012 at 7:02 pm

              The GOPmedia did not make Cory Booker say what he said…

              Cory Booker was not ‘set up’ to be destroyed by the GOP…

              Cory Booker of his own volition, clearly articulated his position on Bain and private equity firms…

              There was no trap…and Cory Booker did not just stumble into that position…

              He actually believes it and remains somewhat adamant in his proclamation of it…

              He attempts to want to shift the conversation now Insisting that this is really all about ‘elevating the discourse’…

              But maintains his stand about not scrutinizing Bain or as he puts it, ‘attacking private equity’…

              I never did buy into the Cory Booker as ‘awesome’ or as some insist, a potent force in the Democratic Party…

              I’ve always thought of him as transparently self-serving and so obvious, desperate and cringe-inducing in his self-promotion…

              For a man who now insists that this is about raising the discourse, he sure is super cozy and doesn’t seem to have a problem with one of the biggest propagators of all things negative and wrong in our politics: Chris Christie…

              • 118 nathkatun7
                May 21, 2012 at 10:39 pm

                Chi, with all due respect, because you make good points, the issue should not be about Cory Booker’s idiocy, willful or not. The issue should be: Is it legitimate for the Obama campaign to expose Romney’s record of destroying jobs? My answer is a resounding YES! So, I will not allow the unethical media, which has mopped into a GOP propaganda machine, to use Cory Booker’s plainly dumb statement, about false equivalences, to distract me from focusing on Romney’s Job killing experience. Besides attacking Booker, we should be more focused on attacking the media for promoting falsehoods. So far, most of the commentary on this site seems to be more focused on condemning Booker than on attacking the media enablers who are trying to change the subject. Personally, at this juncture, I could care less whether Cory Booker is awesome or not. What I care about is that his take on the Bain commercial was FALSE.

                The question for the media and the Romney campaign is very simple: If Romney is running on his record as a successful job creating business man who headed Bain Capital, then why is it out of bounds to scrutinize his record at Bain? I don’t care if Romney’s record is “nauseating” to Corey Booker. What I care about is if it’s true or not. From the testimony of all those people who were devastated when their plants closed, Cory Booker’s nausea pales in comparison to their devastation. They lost their jobs, their pensions and their health insurance. This is the issue that we need to focus on. This is What Mitt Romney needs to be accountable for, especially since he has repeatedly claimed that he is a job creator. I know, of course, that the media, which are more interested in sensationalism and in promoting division among President Obama’s supporters, want us to focus on what Cory Booker said. But I certainly don’t have to agree to play their game. This is why I was very pleased to see the Obama campaign, despite all the Cory Booker hoopla, refuse to let up on exposing Romney’s so called business record.

                My response to the media, the GOP, Mitt Romney, and Mayor Booker is: I don’t really care if Cory Booker was “nauseated” by the truth of the Obama commercial that exposed the devastation caused by Romney’s company. It’s the people in that commercial who were hurt that have my sympathy and not Romney and his fellow venture (or is it vulture) capitalists who made millions of dollars without regard to the lives of their workers. Corey Booker is not running for president claiming that he created jobs; Romney is. When there are real people that can testify that Romney destroyed their jobs, then the American people have a right to know that as they decide who to vote for for president. Yes, I am angry with Cory Booker, but to be honest he is not the issue. The issue is the media trying to distract Americans from being exposed to the real Romney, and not the manufactured Romney who pretends to care about creating jobs.

    • May 21, 2012 at 2:22 pm

      I don’t think a surrogate who accepts that role should be given a platform to dis the very campaign he represents. It’s not about his current political position, nor his own ambition, nor his personal opinion about campaigns. It’s not about whether it was intentional, or a gaffe. This isn’t about us being oversensitive or twisted. It isn’t even about Corey Booker, imo. Even though he embellished his opinions unnecessarily by using verbiage like, ‘nauseated’ and that old false comparison of ‘Rev Wright = Bain’.

      This is about using valuable campaign efforts and high positioned personnel (Axe today) in the aftermath, to address something that a trusted surrogate said that was completely off message. If he can’t run with the big dogs, he should stay on porch.

      • 120 Tally
        May 21, 2012 at 2:28 pm

        But everything you’re saying is something that the GOPMEDIA has said “WE *SHOULD* FEEL” about what Mayor Booker said.

        The problem is, I DON’T feel that way. And I’d rather swallow glass than allow those fucks to tell me HOW I SHOULD FEEL, or dictate that I should be OUTRAGED about something I’m not. FUCK THEM.

        I am perfectly capable of identifying my own feelings, and I refuse to get on the hysteria bus regarding this.

        • May 21, 2012 at 2:48 pm

          As am I, and I am offended that you are implying otherwise. You are entitled to defend Mr. Booker and you’re certainly entitled to your own interpretation of what this means. I don’t do glass well, and this issue doesn’t rise to a level for me to attempt it. You may want to rethink what would make you do that. It doesn’t end well for you, and the issue still remains in some form or another. If your posts are examples of no getting hysterical, then I’m not sure how you’d post about something that you’d consider hysteria inducing.

          • 122 Tally
            May 21, 2012 at 3:00 pm

            I’m sorry….. what doesn’t “end well” for me????

            I don’t know you, and where in my statement did I mention you personally? Where did I “imply” anything about YOU????

            But yes, this is exactly what the GOP wants us to do, be at each other’s throats.

            Well done.

            • May 21, 2012 at 3:09 pm

              Your reply was directly to me and my post. Swallowing glass doesn’t end well for you or anyone else, that is unless the person is well trained in that art form. The implication was “But everything you’re saying is something that the GOPMEDIA has said “WE *SHOULD* FEEL” about what Mayor Booker said.” Excuse me, but when I read a post in direct reply to mine and there’s this “you’re” in the body of that response, then I kinda take it as such. I’m not at anybodies throat. I’m expressing my opinion. One that could have just sat there unattended, but evidently had enough of an impact for you to respond. We good, Tally. I respect every single person on this site, just asking for the same.

              • 124 Tally
                May 21, 2012 at 3:21 pm

                Please show me the video where Booker says anything remotely like RevWright = Bain, or compares them to each other in any way. He didn’t. But the GOPMEDIA has been doing it nonstop. All Booker said was, “Stop attacking private equity, stop attacking Jeremiah Wright.” He used them both in the same sentence. He didn’t compare them AT ALL.

                • May 21, 2012 at 3:34 pm

                  So this is from your post above: “So he finds negative campaign ads about Rev Wright, and Bain Capital et al NAUSEATING. AND?????” Now you tell me why Bain is negative campaigning when Mitt uses it as his reason for being qualified for the presidency, and then says Rev Wright is negative as well? Clearly Rev Wright is not germane to PBO’s election and there was absolutely no reason for Booker to use them both as equal on negativity. By doing so he gave them both the same weight in his nausea provocation.

        • May 21, 2012 at 3:30 pm

          I never go on the rightwing sites, and I heard him say it Sunday when it was live and I said, “Oh, I don’t like the sound of that.” I sat through the show in a nervous fit, and after it was over, I went to the blogs to see if people were going to mention it. Ah.. yeah. As my daughter said, Booker should have played his position. But I think he wanted to take advantage of his “star” status and strike out for himself. What he should have known is if he had been a good surrogate for the prez, he would have helped himself. Not feeling Booker right now. Sorry.

      • 128 Tally
        May 21, 2012 at 2:36 pm

        Explain how he “dissed” the campaign?

        • May 21, 2012 at 2:37 pm

          He equated the attacks on Bain with the GOP trying to bring up Rev Wright again. Tally, you have to see how inane that was?

          • 130 Tally
            May 21, 2012 at 2:52 pm

            I just went and rewatched it again. He states it’s his personal opinion, and says he doesn’t want to get into “indicting private equity” and says some nice things about Bain that I don’t agree with.. SO WHAT? He then states we should “Stop attacking Private Equity, stop attacking Jerimiah Wright…” and says negative campaigning is nauseating, which a lot of people agree with him on. I just don’t see this as important as the GOPMEDIA wasn’t us to see it as.

            • May 21, 2012 at 3:14 pm

              “We should stop attacking Private Equity …. stop attacking Jeremiah Wright…”.

              That Cory Booker equates the two says it all for me. He’s a dick – and that’s me being kind.

              • 132 Tally
                May 21, 2012 at 3:22 pm

                He used them both in a sentence. He didn’t say they were the same in any way. He just said to “stop attacking them.” How did he equate them to each other?

                • May 21, 2012 at 3:26 pm

                  “This kind of stuff is nauseating to me on both sides. It’s nauseating to the American public. Enough is enough. Stop attacking private equity, stop attacking Jeremiah Wright.”


                  • 134 57andfemale
                    May 21, 2012 at 3:40 pm

                    I’m with you on this one, Chips. 1,000%.

                  • 135 Tally
                    May 21, 2012 at 3:42 pm

                    We agree we heard the same thing.

                    For me it was like, “I need to stop eating chocolate. I need to stop eating live chickens.” Yes, they’re both food, but I never said they’re the same. If you got a comparison with what Booker said, I just didn’t.

                    I don’t like what he said about Bain. And of course Romney using that is horrifying. My only point is I feel like we’re playing into that, and helping them.

                    I’d rather see us backing the good things Booker has done and continues to do so they don’t have one video they can put on repeat because there just isn’t anything else. Like Rev Wright. That didn’t work either, for a number of reasons, and one of them is because Rev Wright said a lot more than just that one thing.

                    • May 21, 2012 at 3:48 pm

                      Tally, I could eat you I ♥ you so much, but we’re just not going to agree on this one. I completely hate the type of abuse Booker has got for this, the ‘house negro’ stuff, it’s vile and disgusting, but, for me, his mask slipped yesterday. By defending Bain/private equity, in the way he did, was, for me, all about his own political ambitions. And even mentioning the Rev Wright and Bain in the same sentence, whatever his intentions, was mind-boggling – from an extremely astute politician. He knew what he was doing, and it was all about promoting himself, not PBO’s re-election.

                    • 137 Tally
                      May 21, 2012 at 3:58 pm

                      I think he knows he has no chance at a political future without PBO’s re-election.

            • 138 nathkatun7
              May 21, 2012 at 11:09 pm

              Tally, I cannot agree with your defense of Cory Booker. In my view, he not only made a dumb statement falsely equating the right wing plan to revive Rev. Wright, but he also strongly defended Bain Capital and Mitt Romney implying that the Obama campaign commercial exposing the devastating destruction of jobs was negative campaigning. Since when is exposing the record of what your opponent, (and not guilt by association as is the case with Rev. Wright) out of bounds negative campaigning? Mitt Romney touts his success as business man who created 100,000 of jobs. In my judgement, it’s important for people to know the Truth of Romney’s claim. For mayor Booker to go on National T.V., pretending to be an Obama surrogate, and to say what he did was, to put it mildly, inexcusable. Especially for a politician who is supposedly smart. Unlike other people, I think what Mayor Booker did was dumb and revealed that he has yet to master political skills that makes him ready for prime time.

              At the same time I do agree with you that this is another manufactured sensational story aimed at distracting us. You think that Mayor Booker did nothing major wrong. On the other hand, I think he messed up big time and he knows it. I also people are absolutely right to criticize him but not call him names. Bottom line for me, however, Cory Booker is really not the problem. We face two problems: a presidential candidate who is peddling lies and does not want his real record exposed to the American people; and an unethical media that relies on sensationalism, lies, and manufactured controversies, to distract people from focusing on real issues.

        • 139 nospin
          May 21, 2012 at 2:39 pm

          he didn’t.

        • May 21, 2012 at 2:54 pm

          My definition of ‘dis’ is when a person doesn’t give the proper respect to the person or subject matter he/she is referring to. When he accepted the role as surrogate and self-identified as such, his responsibility was to defend the campaign as a spokesman. To do otherwise, was a dis for me. This is a national effort to get our guy back in office. Booker was called up from the minors to do a major league job. He should have respectfully declined, if he didn’t even know how to find the ball park.

          • 141 Tally
            May 21, 2012 at 3:05 pm

            If throw everyone under the bus that someone has any sort of problem with, then we’re going to have as narrow and ugly a tent as the GOP.

            I’m not there. Sorry.

            PRESIDENT OBAMA’S RE-ELECTION and getting him a LIBERAL ARMY is important.

            Mayor Booker saying he “PERSONALLY” finds negative campaigning nauseating is about as important as making sure you don’t run out of toilet paper.

            I for one, don’t mind AT ALL we have someone on our side who doesn’t like negative campaigning. I would much rather THAT, than having our entire side, ALL IN FOR THE NEGATIVE (like the GOP.)

            • May 21, 2012 at 3:15 pm

              If there was a bus involved, Mr. Booker threw himself under it. He’s no novice and he knows what the Sunday shows mean in importance. If what you’re saying is true, then why the follow-up video? He either has to work on his delivery for clarity, or he needs to stay on message. What negative campaigning has the Obama’s campaign done? He equated using Bain as being negative, like…..oh wait….Rev Wright. Gimme a break. If that’s his opinion he should have taken it up with Axelrod, who would have gladly found someone else to represent the campaign.

            • 143 57andfemale
              May 21, 2012 at 3:57 pm

              that may have been the frame he intended but his words indicate otherwise. His “personal opinion” is that the campaign should not attack ‘private equity’. the entire Romney campaign is about his Bain experience. The competing visions of America are at the heart of which side you fall on the way Romney made his millions and intends to run the country (God forbid). Booker said not to attack private equity AT ALL. That is equivalent to negative ads using Rev. Wright.

              It is a big deal. It cuts at the heart of who should carry their vision forward as leader of the country. It is at the heart of what was coming together as a coherent, potent message from the Democratic party for once. It’s not insurmountable to be sure. But Booker and Booker alone, as a surrogate for the Obama campaign, criticized the campaign for defining Romney on these terms. It was amateurish, it was apparently self-promoting. He did not speak in generalities about the value of negative or positive campaigning. He said this opinion was that private capital should be off the table as a means of defining our opponent.

              He can have all the opinions he wants. He doesn’t get to lob blows at the campaign and the Democratic message at this visceral level as a surrogate. The reason Republicans have changed common sense political beliefs in the U.S. into blithering nonsense is because they believed and stated their agenda as truth. We lose because we equivocate, we buy into Republican memes and fight them on their turf instead of our own. Russ Feingold is happy to lose elections on purity and give public office to the tea party. Cory Booker thinks this is 1992 where that kind of crap was ‘new’ from Democrats.

              Our truth is that government is good, does good things for people that private business cannot and will not do. It is because of a government that looks ahead that we educate and train our children for the 21st century, provide health care to all, create jobs because our infrastructure is sound, our roads are good, our electrical grid is modernized, our broadband is available to all citizens. It is a government that can do that because it believes in its future and its people.

              The campaign never said private equity was bad. It said that the practices that shaved the individual worker out of the equation is not a recipe for a robust, forward-thinking government. Cory Booker on national TV said that should be off the table because it’s ‘negative’. It feeds into the Romney meme that any criticism of him is ‘character assassination’.

              • 144 Tally
                May 21, 2012 at 4:09 pm

                I agree with everything you said, except I just took something completely different from what Booker said.

                To me, there is a BILLION things to fight Romney on. I mean, EVERYTHING really. His weak ideas, his non-plans, his etch-a-sketch brain, the Ryan Plan, his giant flip-flops from Liberal to crazy RWNJ. To his cult of a religion, and BAIN.

                For me, it seemed like Booker wanted us to use OTHER SHIT besides BAIN, since BAIN was the past, to fight Romney on. I don’t want to give up BAIN, not EVER. And I disagree with him about his comments on Bain. But I don’t disagree that there are a lot of other things to hate about Romney and attack him about.

        • May 21, 2012 at 3:37 pm

          He called the campaign’s Bain strategy nauseating and crap. That’s dissing.

          • 146 Tally
            May 21, 2012 at 4:28 pm

            I didn’t hear him say that.

            Maybe I feel differently because I watched the whole thing, not some edited version of what he said. To me that matters. It matters a lot when the GOPMEIDA edits all the good things out that he said in the same breath about our wonderful POTUS.

    • May 21, 2012 at 2:28 pm

      Well, Tally, I guess you and I are in the minority. Love your comment. I think I am going back to lurking status for a while.

    • 158 nospin
      May 21, 2012 at 2:37 pm

      “WHOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA. I missed the drama last night, and I have to say I’m really shocked at all the vitriol over something that should not have been given 10 seconds of brain power on. ”

      Say it again Tally. I had to check my watch and sure enough it was time for the next fauxrage.

      • May 21, 2012 at 2:44 pm

        I’m completely flabbergasted by how PBO supporters just don’t see how much fuel this so-called surrogate has given to the Romney campaign, for today at least. Sure, it’ll blow over, but why give them even one day of joy?!

        • 160 collegekay
          May 21, 2012 at 2:51 pm

          I don’t think it hurts us. Sure Booker said a really stupid thing, but we’re still running Bain ads. I’d like for the conversation to stay on Bain. Keep Romney on defense as to why he destroyed people’s lives.

          I’m sure we’ll be okay. Also, most of these morning shows are only watched by political junkies like us. Lol

          • 161 57andfemale
            May 21, 2012 at 4:00 pm

            From now until the election, you will hear Republicans say that “Even Democrats don’t agree with this character assassination.” It puts a little negative edge on every hard-hitting ad. It’s not insurmountable but it was unnecessary.

        • 162 nospin
          May 21, 2012 at 2:53 pm

          I get that. But how is it helpful for Dems to add fire and fan the flames? Let me answer my own question. It isn’t.

          To be frank, I don’t get all this hyperventilating over a non issue. I am a bit curious as to why one statement can render someone who has done so much good a traitor, sellout and a candidate that should be burned at the stake. Everything else he has contributed in terms of support to this President no longer has any value.

          This is a waste of energy and has no impact on the campaign. Worse has and will happen.

          As an fyi Booker is no Harold Ford. Harold Ford is a straight up asshole. He has proved that time and time again over a period of years. That is not new.

          • May 21, 2012 at 3:02 pm

            This is not a non-issue, and it does have an impact, hence Axelrod appearing on tv to damage control. He doesn’t come out for nothing. I personally, could care less about Mr. Booker. He has caused an unnecessary distraction. It could be because he wasn’t ready for prime-time as a surrogate, that’s not the point. He is the news for two days now and it didn’t have to go down that way. BTW, Harold Ford was well liked and respected when he came on the scene. He was the next golden up and comer, that is, until he showed his true colors. I don’t know Mr. Booker, but he sure is be vaulted as an up and comer.

            • 164 nospin
              May 21, 2012 at 3:20 pm

              you are entitled to your opinion cookemom, just as much as Booker is entitled to his. Axelrod had to appear because some dems bought into the drama so he had to lower the temperature in the room and probably told everybody we would get past all this. wash.rinse.repeat.

              Regarding Harold Ford — he is and always has been a grade A asshat.

              moving onward.

              • May 21, 2012 at 3:25 pm

                I didn’t represent myself on a major TV show as an Obama surrogate. Had I done what Mr. Booker did, then anyone would certainly be justified in vehemently disagreeing with me as strong as they felt necessary.

                • 166 nospin
                  May 21, 2012 at 3:37 pm

                  so it would be okay if for that one statement, folks call you a traitor to not only the democratic party but to your country or a Nig*er?



              • 167 EricFive
                May 21, 2012 at 3:48 pm

                Yeah, its unrealistic to think that the GOP will use what Booker said against PBO (snark). He basically validated the “character assassination” meme Mitt has been complaining about for weeks. The use of Mitt’s experience at Bain is not equivalent to resurrecting Rev. Wright. For a surrogate to make such an implication is deserving of major pushback. In politics silence is often viewed as acquiescence. Kudos to the twitter-warriors who (respectfully) made their displeasure known to Mr. Booker.

                • 168 57andfemale
                  May 21, 2012 at 4:01 pm


                • 169 Cha
                  May 21, 2012 at 4:33 pm

                  Yes! Very Grateful for the Twitter Warriors who respectfully give Booker a Reality Check.

                • 170 nospin
                  May 21, 2012 at 5:17 pm

                  So what? He didn’t say anything controversial. People are making it so with the help of dems who if you step back and read this and the previous threads objectively, come off a bit extreme.

                  Just because he put together a string of words in a sentence that you did not like to hear doesn’t make him a no good nigg*r and that is how the comments are reading.

                  EricFive – I appreciate the fact that you said “twitter-warriors who respectfully made their displeasure known”. I also appreciate your earlier comment where you wrote that his statements were not helpful and although you pushed back on the comments, you didn’t attack him personally.

                  There were a lot of comments here on TOD that came off as over the top right wing rants. You can attack the message without attacking the man. I had to double check the link to make sure I was at the right place.

          • May 21, 2012 at 3:11 pm

            I just think Booker is a self-serving, self-promoting fake, to be honest. We’ll agree to disagree!

            • May 21, 2012 at 3:14 pm

              One quick comment. I actually see this as somewhat helping the cause. This brings the whole FRomney/Bain experience to the fore for a lot of people who weren’t aware of it before. Now, time to lurk again. I will probably pop up again in a few days.

            • 173 nospin
              May 21, 2012 at 3:28 pm

              Chips, to be fair – I am not a fan of Booker myself BUT this one comment wasn’t a big deal and should not be the driver of such vitriol being thrown at the man. There has to be something deeper there but . . .

              Moving onward. How many days to the election? Maybe we need a TOD countdown to the election clock with action item ideas leading up to the Nov elections. I could benefit from having something to keep me focused given the fact that I start and end my day at The Obama Diary. Maybe tie it into topics provided by What is Working. She always has loads of Call to Action posts.

            • 174 Chi
              May 21, 2012 at 7:27 pm

              Absolutely spot on Chips…

              Cory Booker is just a smarter, slyer, more strategic Harold Ford…

              But he had to slip up sometime and he did…

              One can only straddle for so long while seriously sucking up to Chris Christie and Wall street…

              At some point your benefactors want public expression of your support of them and their pet projects… and confirmation that you are exactly what they are paying for….

          • 175 Tally
            May 21, 2012 at 3:13 pm

            Ford is an asshole.

            Booker is not. I am not willing to throw this man under the bus. Especially when he has the sense and vagina to say this: (4:14)

          • 176 EricFive
            May 21, 2012 at 3:36 pm

            Corey Booker’s statements were not helpful to the Obama campaign. That violated the first rule of being a campaign surrogate (do no harm). Personally I am pleased with the push back Booker got from PBO’s supporters, which should put the fear of God in any other surrogates that attempt to undermine Team Obama’s campaign strategies in public. If the ad strategy of Team Obama is so distasteful to Booker, he should have kept it “in house”, not try to present himself as “holier than thou” on MTP. His comments fit too neatly into Mitt’s character assassination meme of recent weeks to be coincidental, IMO. With friends like these…………

            • 177 Chi
              May 21, 2012 at 7:47 pm

              And the boasting about being in touch constantly with the White House while glibly dismissive of the campaign provided surrogate notes…

              The entire segment was all about Cory Booker propping up Cory Booker, auditioning for whatever it is he’s gunning for… trying too hard to cast himself as high-minded and competent…

              Koch money and influence is a powerful thing and tends to make those invited to participate in any one of their sponsored events including that pushing ‘vouchers’ for schools, begin to think they’ve somehow arrived…

              Cory Booker will pal around and make funny videos with one of the most poisonous people in our nation’s politics while Newark suffers, but we are to believe that Cory Booker is ‘nauseated’ with the state of politics and has a better prescription, view and integrity than President Obama and his campaign…

          • May 21, 2012 at 3:42 pm

            Well then why did Booker allow himself to be cast in the same GOP commerical with Ford?

            • 179 Bill
              May 21, 2012 at 3:50 pm

              He probably did not have to give permission. He said it on a network “news” program.

            • 180 Tally
              May 21, 2012 at 4:35 pm

              Allow himself to be cast??? You really think the GOP had these people sign a RELEASE FORM??

              Going on one of these “News” programs is the equivalent to going to a rock concert or a professional sporting event. The owners of the venue have free use into perpetuity of your voice and image should it get recorded in any way. (Read the back of your ticket.)

              As for the Romney campaign using it without NBC’s permission, NBC won’t care since it’s their airwaves the Romney campaign is purchasing to run the ads on. It’s win-win for them.

    • 182 elo4obama/biden
      May 21, 2012 at 6:34 pm

      If he really believes as he said- Bain ads, women issues and voter supression- he is NOT my guy. He can stay in NJ. He tossed himself under that bus he was driving.

  33. 183 WilTal
    May 21, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Why is it that the Dems are never on message. No repub would have made a comment like that against Romney now that he’s the nominee. Cory could have simply said that he’s against negative campaigning, but no, he went into details about Bain having created jobs. No gaffe…He’s a big disappointment!

  34. May 21, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    Questions at the Press Conference-

    Do you talk to Rev Wright anymore?

    How is Jodi Kantor doing these Days?

    Do you agree with Cory Bookers assessment of Bain, the first one?

    What is your Handicap?

    Do you agree with the House passed measure, approving of the Future War with Iran? If not, why not?

    Are you going to the Senate Hearing of the Secret Service Prostitute investigation? If not, why not?

    Why dont you personally love COAL?


  35. 187 whatisworking
    May 21, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    So – to echo Tally’s response, lets not spend too much more time on this when we can be promoting the Presidents accomplishments.

    2 big cities weigh in on banking issues……

    NY and LA City Councils Approve Responsible Banking Resolutions


    I am hopeful that these type of ordinances are introduced in cities throughout the country.

    • May 21, 2012 at 2:13 pm

      “Lets not spend too much more time on this when we can be promoting the Presidents accomplishments.”

      It’s an important discussion Linda, if the President’s so-called ‘surrogates’ are giving fuel to the Romney campaign then push-back is critical. Just my opinion.

      • 189 Liberal Librarian
        May 21, 2012 at 2:18 pm

        This is the point. As a surrogate, you have to be above reproach, like Caesar’s wife. Your ONLY job is to hammer home Obama’s message, not interject your own contrary opinion. Axe does it brilliantly. But, this WILL blow over. As I just tweeted:

        • May 21, 2012 at 2:23 pm

          I think it will blow over too LL, the right are pushing it big time today but, to be honest, I don’t think Booker is a big enough a name for this to do any long term damage. I reckon most of America would say “who?” if the Romney campaign featured him in ads closer to November. It still pisses me off, though, his comments yesterday were gobsmacking.

          • 191 Liberal Librarian
            May 21, 2012 at 2:25 pm

            Aside from his constituents and political junkies, no one really knows who Cory Booker is. Still annoying.

          • 192 edwina3
            May 21, 2012 at 2:34 pm

            I read elsewhere that Booker was asked on MTP because he had already expressed some discomfort about the Bain ads. So, if this is true than he had plenty of time to think about how he was going to express his discomfort. It looks calculated to me to appear reasonable and a “no labels” guy which is a member of.

            • May 21, 2012 at 2:37 pm

              OMG, that just makes me furious. UGH.

              • 194 Chi
                May 21, 2012 at 7:52 pm

                The programs typically do a pre-show interview where the potential guest gets to give their take on things to be discussed…

                Cory Booker did not accidentally make a gaffe…

                It was well thought out and shared with the show before he was brought on…

            • 195 Janelle
              May 21, 2012 at 2:45 pm

              I read that too. He had plenty of time to work out what he was going to say. If it was a gaffe, why did he double down on twitter right after MTP? He was on twitter longer than any politician that I know just chatting away. He is very smart, but his ego is immense. One of the things that I love about PBO is his level of confidence as well as humility. That combination is hard to find in a politician and I think he’s had it for awhile—PBO owns up to errors and tries to fix things right away instead of doubling down. Instead of always trying to one-up the President, some of these Dems need to sit back and learn a thing or two from their party leader—PBO is one smart man to have beaten the Clinton machine. I never saw PBO do to Senator Kerry what is being done to him when he was on the rise on the national stage. I suspect that if Cory does not learn from this, he will just change to an Indy, but at some point in his political career, he’s going to have to explain himself fully….his affiliations, donors, everything.

            • 196 Cha
              May 21, 2012 at 4:38 pm

              I figured Yesterday that they knew what he was going to say before he said it..otherwise why would the gopropaganda Machine have him on?

      • 197 edwina3
        May 21, 2012 at 2:19 pm

        Some of us need to talk about this, it’s a good PR lesson for other PBO surrogates on how not to sabotage your guy. No one is saying that they all have to exactly agree with the President on all fronts but they can phrase their areas of disagreement more gracefully than, it’s “nauseating.”

        • May 21, 2012 at 3:51 pm

          I have disagreed with the prez on a few issues, but if he sent me out to speak on his behalf, there would be no daylight, as they say, between me and his official position. That’s the definition of a valuable surrogate. You don’t have to do it if you disagree ethically, but you are also ethically obligated not to freestyle, and for your own advantage.

      • 200 ChristiMTL
        May 21, 2012 at 2:21 pm

        Yes it is critical to push back….the Kumbaya approach doesn’t work in politics, ….turn the other cheek, forgive and forget….it’s all fine and dandy in life but this election is too crucial.

        The devastation of what a Romney’s presidency would cause is too horrible to even imagine.

    • May 21, 2012 at 6:33 pm

      Corey Booker was wrong to make those assertions..period. Claiming to be an Obama surrogate and even pointing
      to his authorized surrogate notes, puts him in a completely different category than just an individual giving his opinion.
      This casts him in the light of speaking on behalf of the campaign. I am not saying he is a bad person…he was just plain wrong
      in this instance. No need to sugar_coat.

  36. 202 whatisworking
    May 21, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    A victory for Unions

    3,100 Florida RNs Celebrate Landmark First Contract


  37. 203 FormelyFRED
    May 21, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    have ya’ll seen this? 😮

    Booker’s social media edge cuts after Sunday video slicing by Obama camp
    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 10:40 am
    by John P. McAlpin

    Cory Booker’s talented combination of old media savvy and new media skills have combined to create a mess for the Newark mayor.

    He appeared Sunday on news talk shows and decried President Obama’s campaign attacks, saying the re-election campaign was right to highlight Mitt Romney’s tenure at Bain Capital but ultimately found it “nauseating.” As he does, Booker took the mater into his own media hands, releasing a nuanced video of his complaints. That was released by the Obama campaign in a much shorter form where Booker appeared to change his tune.

    Politico detailed the swift video editing late Sunday which followed a day’s worth of analysis like this that found the Democratic star wanting after his supposed attacks on the president. Booker at least two fans at Bain, where state campaign finance records show that he collected a combined $31,000 in donations from a pair of employees in 2009.

    The mayor of Twitter, who rescued a woman from a burning building and held a news conference about it at the scene, was quite on the social media front Monday morning.

    His only post on Twitter was a quote from French existentialist Albert Camus.


  38. 209 hopefruit2
    May 21, 2012 at 2:16 pm


    Cops: Former CNN Executive Leaves Dog Feces In Neighbor’s Mailbox

    // COVINGTON, Ga. (CBS Atlanta) — A former high-ranking CNN executive is accused of leaving dog feces in his neighbor’s mailbox. Covington police say the victims of the incident, Benjamin Dameron and Ralph Miller, have video of Bob Furnad walking with his dog up to the mailbox and placing a bag filled with the feces in their mailbox. “Mr. Furnad stated that he did place a bag containing dog feces in the victim’s mail box,” Covington Police Capt. Ken Malcom told WGCL-TV. Furnad told the Covington News that he pulled the prank due to a long-standing feud with the two.


  39. 211 whatisworking
    May 21, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    3 stories from Creole Child

    Right Proven Wrong: Lack of Consumer Demand Not Regulations Causing Slow Growth

    BREAKING: The End Of Citizens United?

    Fact Check :: Mitt Romney’s claim that 100,000 auto jobs have been lost under Obama


    “The BLS data show that much of the decline in auto industry employment took place in 2008, before Obama became president. Just in 2008, some 254,000 jobs disappeared in vehicle and vehicle parts manufacturing and 211,000 at vehicle dealerships. The numbers are equally grim if you just look at auto manufacturing and dealerships.

    But since January 2009, when Obama took office, overall there has been an increase in jobs. The number of jobs hit a low point in November 2009, but then it has slowly inched upward so that Obama can point to the auto industry and says there has been a net gain.”

  40. May 21, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    YAY for Nancy Smash!!

    WASHINGTON — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is getting a street named after her.

    San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee on Monday will name a street in Golden Gate Park after Pelosi in honor of her 25 years of service in Congress. The road, currently called Middle Drive East, connects John F. Kennedy Jr. Drive and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in the park.

    Let’s work hard to do everything we can to elect a House Democratic majority and give her back the gavel.

    • 213 donna dem 4 obama
      May 21, 2012 at 2:40 pm

      That’s fantastic Meta.

      Woot Hoot! I’ll do my part. I got an invite to go see PBO in Baltimore, MD (Nancy Smashes birth place) on June 12th. I need a new car so decision, decisions on paying the price for this fundraiser. 😉

      • May 21, 2012 at 2:43 pm

        OMG, new car vs PBO fundraiser……..!!

        I know you’re so on it, Donna. I truly hope we have the boots in those territories where we can make a difference. I know Steve Israel is pushing hard. We desperately need a decent Congress for PBO’s second term.

  41. 215 lamh35
    May 21, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    The Romney web ad with Booker is out now. Please Booker defenders defend that

    • May 21, 2012 at 2:40 pm


    • 222 donna dem 4 obama
      May 21, 2012 at 2:41 pm


    • May 21, 2012 at 2:45 pm

      Harold has always been a sellout.

      There are 42 members of the Congressional BLack Caucus, 40 of them Democrats, and the 40 Democrats – PUT TOGETHER – don’t get the tv time that this sellout does.

      but, here’s the difference between him and Booker.

      Harold doesn’t sit on tv saying THAT HE IS AN OBAMA CAMPAIGN SPOKESMAN.

    • 224 Linda
      May 21, 2012 at 2:49 pm


      3 losers….

      Wasn’t Ratner fined for Bribery ?

      • 225 Bill
        May 21, 2012 at 3:10 pm

        He personally settled with the SEC for $6.2 million without admitting or denying any wrongdoing. I am not clear if he was fired. His firm, Quadrangle, paid a $7 million fine to the SEC.

    • 226 anniebella
      May 21, 2012 at 2:52 pm

      I can’t even stand to look at Harold Ford.

  42. 227 Diane
    May 21, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Cory Booker’s comments were the opening story for anyone checking their yahoo mail today. His comments are fueling the republican comments, fundraising, and have given them momentum they would be hard pressed to find. Remember the recent Republican initiative to destroy Barack Obama. One part of this was to find an “articulate” AA to lead the charge. If this very thing–a leading “articluate AA” to speak against the Obama re-election had not been devulged last week as one portion of a strategy to fight PBO I would find this “gaffe” idea somewhat easier to believe. I am old enough to know that if you listen really hard, people will tell you who they are. No one is perfect. But some people are closer to it than others. The Obama campaign will say it is unfortunate etc, etc. But don’t expect Cory Booker to ever be trusted again. This president is too smart for that. He does listen. He is a student of behavior. For those who want to believe that Cory Booker made an innocent gaffe, and anyone who discusses this further is just a distraction, I respect your right to your opinion. But 57 years of living and observing tell me that this man knew exactly what he was doing. His only problem is that he didn’t calculate the consequences correctly. Now he has to live with them.

    • May 21, 2012 at 2:46 pm

      For those who want to believe that Cory Booker made an innocent gaffe, and anyone who discusses this further is just a distraction, I respect your right to your opinion. But 57 years of living and observing tell me that this man knew exactly what he was doing.

      tell me about it.

    • 229 itgurl_29
      May 21, 2012 at 2:58 pm

      There was nothing innocent about what Cory did. He’s the guy they were talking about, their “articulate African American”. It’s him. And the Obama campaign knows it. This is why they have offered no comment or cover for Booker. That ought to tell everyone what they need to know.

      • 230 Janelle
        May 21, 2012 at 3:00 pm

        Bingo….that’s it.

        • 231 susanne
          May 21, 2012 at 3:31 pm

          agreed–cory just lost the best friend a young politician could have. and he did it for the money.

        • 232 itgurl_29
          May 21, 2012 at 3:34 pm

          It’s quite clever. I think we were all expecting it to be a black republican. But when you think about it, that would have been too obvious. They were really smart to get a respected black democrat like Booker on their team. I mean, there are still people who actually think he’s a good guy and an honest supporter of the President.

      • 235 nospin
        May 21, 2012 at 3:44 pm

        “There was nothing innocent about what Cory did. He’s the guy they were talking about, their “articulate African American”. It’s him. ”

        WOW! Just wow itgurl_29. And you are in the best position to judge all this because . . .

  43. May 21, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Up until just now, I’d only read what Booker said on MTP. After having viewed this GOP video, I don’t know how in the world anyone can defend that BS. THAT crap right there is nauseating.

    • 237 donna dem 4 obama
      May 21, 2012 at 3:13 pm

      I was just over on FB having a discussion with my RFD and he says the campaign is quite taken aback by this. He said our whole plan was to beat Romney over the head this entire summer about his time at Bain and paint it as a negative for him. I got the sense from his hints that Mr. Booker just made that strategy a little bit more difficult but he too agreed that we shouldn’t get too caught up in the day to day cable frenzy and he feels we will prevail in sharing with the country what Romney’s real goals were at Bain. Acquiring Wealth at the expense of the middle class.

      • 238 Liberal Librarian
        May 21, 2012 at 3:16 pm

        As I said on Twitter, PBO keeps having to save people on his team from scoring own goals. He needs new teammates.

        • 239 Chi
          May 21, 2012 at 8:15 pm

          History will tell the story of this great President, how he triumphed and how some in the Democratic party knowing what he was against in the face of unprecedented obstruction from a hostile and destructive opposition, still wittingly and unwittingly sabotaged him at very turn…

      • May 21, 2012 at 3:26 pm

        OY, all I know is that I’m going to keep working to get us over the goal line.

  44. 247 Liberal Librarian
    May 21, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    • 248 Cha
      May 21, 2012 at 4:54 pm

      He’s quoting Camus. Something about finding out in Winter that he is invincible as in Summer. Sorry, I don’t know the exact quote.

  45. 249 Bill R.
    May 21, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    What Cory Booker did is indefensible. He is a pro, he is not stupid, it was not a gaffe, it was intentional. He has ambitions and they involve raising money with Wall St. and currying favor from the MSM. He did a bit of triangulating here and it’s pretty transparent. Cory Booker is for himself and his ambition it’s plain to see. He has not apologized, he has not said his remarks were wrong. Politically it will turn out to be an error in judgment because he has sided with the wrong people, wealth over work and Wall St. over the middle class. His statement will never be forgotten and will stand as a judgment of who he is and what his values are. His political career in the Dem. Party is finished. Maybe he has a future as a Republican.

  46. 250 Bill R.
    May 21, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Addendum: When you are in a knife fight, and the stakes are the survival of the middle class and war and peace, and your friend who is supposed to have your back, instead plunges a dagger in your back, you may still win the fight but everyone is going to remember the betrayal and what it means, and that former friend will never be trusted again.

  47. 251 Linda
    May 21, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Nia Malika Henderson sticking up for Booker……” he was just giving his personal opinion ” ?

    click…off goes the TV

    • 252 sabreen60
      May 21, 2012 at 3:11 pm

      She works for the Washington Post – ’nuff said!!!

    • May 21, 2012 at 4:37 pm

      Nia Malika Henderson sticking up for Booker……” he was just giving his personal opinion ” ?

      Nia Malika Henderson knows that Booker was not sent out to give his personal opinion. HE WAS A SURROGATE. Now they have me sounding crazy like the wingers. But she also is not dumb. Why is she acting dumb?

  48. 254 FormelyFRED
    May 21, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    Cornel West has once again unleashed a barrage of attacks on the President.I wonder if he and West and now Booker and his $31,000 in Bain $ aren’t the “articulate African Americans’ that Joe Ricketts was talking about.Ricketts men I’ll call them nowadays.

  49. 255 sabreen60
    May 21, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    So Romney has just released an ad using Cory Booker. Surprise! Surprise!

  50. 256 FiredUpInCA
    May 21, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    This is what Cory Booker said on “Meet the Press” that is absolutely, irredeemably wrong:

    “And the second point I, I want to make is, you know, maybe this should be entitled “Hot Tub Time Machine” because you’ve got a, a cesspool of, of a petri dish that’s pulling us back to redeal with issues from the past. Jeremiah Wright is 2008, women’s rights, voting rights, all these things that we seem to be revisiting now in this campaign which are distracting us from moving forward as a nation and keep wanting to pull us back.”


    Viviette Applewhite, a 93-year-old woman who has voted in nearly every election for the last 60 years, has lost her ‘right’ to vote because of Pennysylvania’s voter ID laws. That is not a Reverend Wright-like distraction. Legally disenfranchising and depressing the turnout of voters in any election season, but particularly this one, is the major issue of our time. The war on voters is not hyperbolic rhetoric. It is real. It is not a distraction. Booker should know that.

    The dominant party in the House of Representatives explicitly excluded women from a panel to discuss women’s health issues and their right wing noise machine tried to shame and vilify the woman who they barred from speaking, not to mention all the invasive anti-woman legislature that their party has spread like a virus across the country.

    That is not some made-up distraction.

    This is happening now. The implications of such a party taking over the Senate, keeping the House, winning the White House along with their current domination of the state legislatures, is dire and needs to be urgently fought back. It is not a distraction. The fact that a future President of the United States does not readily understand that in this political moment one side is at war with the many of the rest of us is disturbing.

    If Cory Booker doesn’t get all of that, then I don’t get him.

    He messed up profoundly and possibly irreparably as is evidenced by his numerous walkbacks.

    We are 171 days from choosing the fate of the country for the next generation. There is no time for the distraction that Cory Booker has become.

    Here’s the difference between running ads about Rev. Jeremiah Wright and running ads about Bain.

    Rev. Jeremiah Wright, was never going to directly influence the policy of the current occupant of the White House. Romney, on the other hand, the CEO of Bain, would directly influence policy. So his work their needs to be fully scrutinized.

    There really is no comparison between running race-baiting ads about a non-influential surrogate that the President repudiated and running ads about a career in private equity that Romney says is his central qualification for becoming the President.

    Booker was all kinds of wrong and while he may still get his act together at some point, he threw himself under the bus with his ill-timed, ill-thought out, prematurely preening for the Presidency comments.

    He should have taken notes from another rising star in the Democratic party back in 2004 who secured a keynote address in at the Democratic Convention that told a story of a unified country that had an appeal across the political spectrum rather than pulling a Harold Ford to try to ingratiate himself to Wall Streeters and both-sides-do-itism.

    • 257 itgurl_29
      May 21, 2012 at 3:29 pm

      Maya Angelou said “When someone shows you who they are, believe them.” Cory showed us who he was yesterday. What he did was calculated and designed to build himself up and tear Barack Obama down. He’s not what he’s claimed to be. He’s not about the people. He showed his true self yesterday and I believe him.

  51. 275 hopefruit2
    May 21, 2012 at 3:20 pm

  52. 276 Liberal Librarian
    May 21, 2012 at 3:20 pm

  53. May 21, 2012 at 3:22 pm


  54. 281 Don
    May 21, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Cory Booker did not have to release his video last night clarifying what he said on MTP. Booker said “Attacks on Bain nauseated him.” He spoke from his heart and mind plain and simple, Booker is not some babe in the woods that was somehow confused. If he is catching fire for what he said, too bad for Cory, President Obama has caught far worst.

  55. 282 Michele
    May 21, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Hey all you people who twitter can you all get a message out to the campaign team to use Cramer’s comment from meet the press as our fund raising tool as well….. Let me know, I have to send my message the old fashion way via e-mail….

    • May 21, 2012 at 6:29 pm

      As a matter of fact, Cramer was a better surrogate than Booker. We can use what Cramer said. He flat out disagreed with Gregory about Romney’s “effective narrative” and said that Romney was a job destroyer, and that he felt the Obama narrative had the better legs. Go back and look at what Cramer said.

  56. 284 Jenny
    May 21, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Booker = Judas

    I will never vote for him.

    He’s dead to me.

    To stab the President in the back so he can suck up to his wall street donor base is unforgivable.

    • 285 anniebella
      May 21, 2012 at 3:42 pm

      That picture at the top of Cory Booker with President Obama, get rid of Booker in that picture. I can’t even stand to look at that traitor.

  57. May 21, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Hey folks this is not the first time booker did this. he did it before on morning joe with panasonic ceo. He gave all the credits to the tax cuts for moving jobs back to christie. He plays both sides. i was never a fan but respected him. this for me is nothing new. i always found him as a opportunist. With that said he knows he angered his party and now its time to move on. He will have to find a way to get back. Corey making the video and previous comments has always raised suspicion with me. he is not the first and will not be the last.

  58. May 21, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Lucky for Cory Booker PBO knows how to redirect the conversation. In a few days, everyone will be talking about whatever it is PBO wants everyone to talk about. He does it every week. I always laugh because the MSM goes along with it every time. He even gets them to run his ads for free. So Mr. Booker can say whatever dumbass thing he wants to say. It’s his political career he hurts not PBO’s.

  59. 291 Liberal Librarian
    May 21, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Holy fucking crap!!! I just got followed by Al Franken!

  60. May 21, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    President Barack Obama kisses Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard while President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso poses for the official photo following the meeting on Afghanistan in Chicago during the NATO 2012 Summit on May 21, 2012.

    • 299 Linda
      May 21, 2012 at 4:00 pm

      hmmmm….she really …really…..likes him…..

      I remember your video of the Australia trip….she could not keep her hands off him….

      • 300 Pamela
        May 21, 2012 at 4:06 pm

        Can’t say as I blame her, I like him too!

      • 301 Ladyhawke
        May 21, 2012 at 4:13 pm

        So true Linda, Julia really, really likes President Obama. She said this about him when he visited Australia:

        Aussie PM wowed by Obama’s ‘high-voltage smile’


        Gillard, who had previously met Obama in Washington and on the sidelines of various international forums, described him as charming, with a “fabulous, high-voltage smile.”

        “The private person is very like the public person — very calm, very measured person, very intelligent, casual in a way,” she said.

        “Clearly being president of the United States comes with all of this machinery and prestige, but in the middle of that, he is actually one-to-one in his reaction with people a very casual person,” Gillard said.


    • 302 ctgirl7
      May 21, 2012 at 4:01 pm

      I am telling!!!! Miiiiiiiiiiiiiiiichelle!!!!! 🙂

    • 303 ChristiMTL
      May 21, 2012 at 4:04 pm

      lol this is funny…..her eyes are closed……

    • 306 anniebella
      May 21, 2012 at 4:14 pm

      Is that a kiss on the lips or what? I love POTUS, and I respect him but I don’t care how much you like and respect someone, this doesn’t look right for a married man, the President of all people. I’m teling FLOTUS too and I hope she kick his skinny looking ass. Just my opinion folks.

      • 307 anniebella
        May 21, 2012 at 4:17 pm

        Next thing you know the tongue will be in his mouth, if not already.

      • 308 Betsy
        May 21, 2012 at 10:09 pm

        No, it’s on PBO’s cheek, you can see the way his head is turned. She may have tried to plant one on his lips, but I am sure he turned his head, LOL.

  61. 309 Linda
    May 21, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    WI Voter Unable to Cast Early Vote to Recall Walker; Some Clerks Yet to Receive Absentee Ballot (already major problems in Wisconsin )


  62. 311 Jenny
    May 21, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Mayor Judas

  63. May 21, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Gnite my fellow TODvillagers!

  64. 314 hopefruit2
    May 21, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    You can watch PBO’s presser live on CSPAN.org at 4:30PM ET

    OR CNN livestream at 4:30ET

    You can listen to it live (audio only) here at 4:30ET

  65. 317 yardarm756
    May 21, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Every body take a deep breath. O/T but here goes.

    The Last Cab Ride 🙂 🙂

    I arrived at the address and honked the horn.

    After waiting a few minutes I honked again.

    Since this was going to be my last ride of my shift I thought about just driving away,
    but instead I put the car in park and walked up to the door and knocked..

    ‘Just a minute’, answered a frail, elderly voice. I could hear something
    being dragged across the floor.

    After a long pause, the door opened.

    A small woman in her 90’s stood before me. She was wearing a print dress
    and a pillbox hat with a veil pinned on it, like somebody out of a 1940’s movie.

    By her side was a small nylon suitcase. The apartment looked as if no one had
    lived in it for years. All the furniture was covered with sheets.

    There were no clocks on the walls, no knickknacks or utensils on the counters.
    In the corner was a cardboard box filled with photos and glassware.

    ‘Would you carry my bag out to the car?’ she said.

    I took the suitcase to the cab, then returned to assist the woman.

    She took my arm and we walked slowly toward the curb.

    She kept thanking me for my kindness.

    ‘It’s nothing’, I told her.. ‘I just try to treat my passengers
    the way I would want my mother to be treated.’

    ‘Oh, you’re such a good boy, she said.

    When we got in the cab, she gave me an address and then asked,
    ‘Could you drive through downtown?’

    ‘It’s not the shortest way,’ I answered quickly..

    ‘Oh, I don’t mind,’ she said. ‘I’m in no hurry. I’m on my way to a hospice.

    I looked in the rear-view mirror. Her eyes were glistening.

    ‘I don’t have any family left,’ she continued in a soft voice..
    ‘The doctor says I don’t have very long.’

    I quietly reached over and shut off the meter.

    ‘What route would you like me to take?’ I asked.

    For the next two hours, we drove through the city.

    She showed me the building where she had once worked as an elevator operator.

    We drove through the neighborhood where she and her husband had lived
    when they were newlyweds.

    She had me pull up in front of a furniture warehouse that had once
    been a ballroom where she had gone dancing as a girl.

    Sometimes she’d ask me to slow in front of a particular building or corner
    and would sit staring into the darkness, saying nothing.

    As the first hint of sun was creasing the horizon,
    she suddenly said, ‘I’m tired. Let’s go now’.

    We drove in silence to the address she had given me.

    It was a low building, like a small convalescent home,
    with a driveway that passed under a portico.

    Two orderlies came out to the cab as soon as we pulled up.
    They were solicitous and intent, watching her every move.
    They must have been expecting her.

    I opened the trunk and took the small suitcase to the door.
    The woman was already seated in a wheelchair.

    ‘How much do I owe you?’ She asked, reaching into her purse.

    ‘Nothing,’ I answered.

    ‘You have to make a living,’ she said.

    ‘There are other passengers,’ I responded.

    Almost without thinking, I bent and gave her a hug.
    She held onto me tightly.

    ‘You gave an old woman a little moment of joy,’ she said. ‘Thank you.’

    I squeezed her hand, and then walked into the dim morning light.
    Behind me, a door shut. It was the sound of the closing of a life..

    I didn’t pick up any more passengers that shift.
    I drove aimlessly lost in thought.

    For the rest of that day, I could hardly talk. What if that woman had
    gotten an angry driver, or one who was impatient to end his shift?

    What if I had refused to take the run, or had honked once, then driven away?

    On a quick review, I don’t think that I have done anything more important in my life.

    We’re conditioned to think that our lives revolve around great moments.

    But great moments often catch us unaware – beautifully wrapped in
    what others may consider a small one.


    At the bottom of this great story was a request to forward this –
    I deleted that request because if you have read to this point,
    you won’t have to be asked to pass it along, you just will…
    Thank you, my friend…

    Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance.
    “All that I am and all that I have is by the grace of God”

  66. May 21, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    You never cease to amaze me and I am continually thankful for it. Well done on the Corey Booker issue, Well DONE!

  67. 322 Jenny
    May 21, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Cory Booker

  68. 323 elo4obama/biden
    May 21, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts Tien Le. I do not know he history of Corey Booker. I’ve only come to know him through others here including the lovely rhetoric regarding religion. Those who have followed his political career may be better able to apreciate the full body of his words and deeds in poliics.

    I do not live in New Jersey, so unless CB comes onto the national scene I guess it does no matter. However if someone represents themselves as an official surrogate for the Obama campaign I feel they are obligated to do no harm! Do not go out and clearly step on the message- women issues and voter suppression are not side issues! Vulture capitalism is not the model of capitalism to be honored and welcomed in our economic structure. It has befor not been mainstreamed as respectable. My feeling is it’s BAD for the middle class and BAD for Ameerica. Clearly Romney misrepresents his job creation record with Bain and that is fair game!

    I’m looking for American business to get back to it’s ethical roots. CB sees nothing wrong with that brand of capitalism or he would be nauseated by the actions of Bain not by the exposure of it’s practices. This is part of the vetting process of Romney. Romney was a CEO for Bain, directly responsible for HOW it does business. Barack Obama is NOT responsible for the words of his Reverand. Rev. Wright could have done much to clarify his meaning of his words but chose pride and ego to rule him.

    There is no comparison of the political uses of Rev. Wright to Bain. Bain is relevantt- how do we want to rebuild America? What business models are to be duplicated, expanded and praised? Which model will help to grow the economy and expand the middle class? Not the model which ships high paying jobs overseas! Not the model that delivers a winner under all circumstances by dooping honest investors!

    Corey Booker messed up big time not so much for stepping on the democraics winning message but for exposing himself as being unclear about the CLEAR choice for the middle class! No he should not be vilified but his usefulness in the battle against corporate greed and unpatriotic, unehical business practices is seriously in question! Yes, he get’s the side eye from me too. I don’t even call it a gaffe it I consider he was just telling us and wall street how he feels.

  69. 324 smoothscotch
    May 21, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    What the heck did Booker do? how does he recover from this?

  70. 325 smoothscotch
    May 21, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    How does Booker expect to go further with the Dems in the future? financial support for office run etc. WOW

    Some surrogate, who needs enemies.

  71. May 21, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Thank You Tien for a cohesive and well-thought out diary. It is so important that we do not rush to the character assassiination gambit every time some-one mis-speaks. I kept remembering the beautiful words and photo that Ms Chips had posted from Cory Booker and decided that I would wait awhile before judgement day. Come on people……..let’s stop getting distracted with the baiting of the rightwing slaves that is the media. Onward,Forward!

  72. 327 sportsbabe59
    May 21, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    I’m sorry, Corey does not get a do-over for me. This President’s position in the world and history is too important. Corey is too smart to be caught slipping. I believe he knew and meant exactly what he was saying and doing. He has to know what’s at stake. He has to know the game is rigged and can’t be caught out of order like that. He has to come correct at all times. He was too passionate and too insistent with his remarks.

  73. 328 carla4obama
    May 21, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    “Et tu, Brute?” Et tu Cory?

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