288 Responses to “‘This Is What This Campaign Is Going To Be About’”

  1. 1 theo67
    May 21, 2012 at 5:14 pm


    • May 21, 2012 at 5:21 pm

      Theo = winner!!!!!

    • 7 jacquelineoboomer
      May 21, 2012 at 6:31 pm

      Congrats, theo67!

    • 8 nathkatun7
      May 22, 2012 at 2:48 am

      Well done Theo67 on being first on a thread when MY PRESIDENT HIT A HOME RUN! There is absolutely no doubt that we have the best man in the Job! Absolutely no doubt in my mind! I said it before, and I feel vindicated by the Presidents words, the qualities required for being a President of the most powerful and diverse country in the world are not the same as qualities required for heading an private equity firm. In this Press Conference, President Obama showed the vultures why the majority of us Americans voted for him in 2008. Thanks to Chipsticks for this wonderful site!

  2. May 21, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Congrats theo67, you guys are fast! LOL

  3. 17 collegekay
    May 21, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Once again, BO proves he is the only adult.

    • 18 hopefruit2
      May 21, 2012 at 5:17 pm

      BWD must be in 7th Heaven after this presser 🙂

      • 19 Ladyhawke
        May 21, 2012 at 5:23 pm

        You know HF2, I was thinking the same thing. I bet she’s doing cartwheels. I am positively giddy myself. Watching the master in action is just exhilarating.

        • May 21, 2012 at 5:58 pm

          “the master” is right. I have never seen anyone like him, able to yank everyone back to reality, to the truth, no matter the current hullabaloo or the number or size of the bumps in the road. I’ve said this a million times, but he has this very unique and gifted ability to say things in the best way possible. He has a great mind. He deserves the utmost admiration of all.

          • 21 CEB
            May 21, 2012 at 6:43 pm

            I get more than a tingle when I see PBO in such command of a situation and everyone in the room. He is so strong and sure; ready and eager to take on anyone and anything at any time. The repugs are wringing their hands, clutching their pearls and coming up with dumb-ass tactics because they have nothing, they know they have nothing and they are afraid. Our president is a fierce combination of intellect and nerves of steel. He has so many layers to his personality; it is a joy to watch him on the world stage. The msm jackels are merely flys that he swats away (or kills) as he goes on doing the work of a grown-up.

    • May 21, 2012 at 6:36 pm

      ain’t it the truth. peerless.

  4. 25 Jessica
    May 21, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    So PBO’s trying to grow a mustache. Hmmm, I thought he couldn’t grow facial hair.

    • 26 virginia
      May 21, 2012 at 7:29 pm

      I think that little upper lip fuzz is about all you’re going to see. It’s part of his African heritage. Many Africans, Native Americans and some Asians don’t grow facial hair, and very little body hair.(a little factoid.)

  5. 27 proudmemberofglobalzero
    May 21, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    PBO kicked a little ass today.

    • 30 theo67
      May 21, 2012 at 5:26 pm

      Even Dick Halperin is impressed – not that his opinion counts for anything…

      • 31 nathkatun7
        May 22, 2012 at 3:01 am

        Theo, I think in this case the “enemy’s” opinion does. When your enemies begin to pay attention to your strength then you have the battle half way won! By the way, I hope Obama’s praise of Mayor Booker is instructive to all of us about how a skilled politician deals with adversaries, Never get down to the gutter with them! I am sure the GOP expected him to dis the Mayor so that they can ignite political divisions within the Democratic party and the AA community. President Obama refused to play their game; and we should do the same.

        • 32 Lightfoot
          May 22, 2012 at 12:42 pm

          Well said, nathkatun7. Whatever the outcome in November 2012, it is rather clear that President Obama is magnificently skilled in political craftsmanship. Furthermore, the depth and breadth of his intelligence, including his ability to listen to a question, hone the answer to the — T — the like’s of which this country probably have not experienced prior, has left some of the melee artists on their heads; while others’ were numb as if they had received a shot of Novocaine to the throat, lips, and tongue. Who knows, perhaps even to their brains.

          Nonetheless, Novocaine does wear off, dead cells in a cerebral cortex never regenerate nor come back to life. Thus, the socially inept are doomed continually to wander in a circle of madness until they finally sever themselves off from the rest of us like anomalies that are expelled from a un-eased /dis-eased body.

          And even as the President attempts to illustrate to his adversaries how certain practices of the past, present, and future are directly connected to either their own growth and continuum — but it HAS to include EVERYBODY or the body of the planet will expel them/us and so on; yet still, the incapacity to access cells in a vital area of the brain that does NOT EXIST voids their capacity to comprehend eternally!

          If I have perceived this picture with any percentage of accuracy at all, it appears that thus far, some have grasped this data from the President, not through comprehension, conscience, emotional, or a feeling level, for they have none, but rather from a calculated level. In other words, they comprehend as impersonally as one would evaluate math. One plus one equal two, and so forth. Therefore, two minus two equals nothing. The other percentage divided against the President, find this task un-achievable. So, they descend to what they know. For them, that is: all orifices, limbs and digits firmly locked unto every source of gluttony upon the face of the earth — as they leech off of us, hour by hour, moment by moment, night and day, they bawl out through a rotund ghastly balding swine with a blow-horn making ACCUSATIONS before the right-wing GOD AGAINST Main Street!

          Some Kind of multi-tasking, eh?

        • 33 theo67
          May 22, 2012 at 1:29 pm

          This is an excellent point. Wisdom is often underappreciated.

  6. 35 Bill
    May 21, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    I hope Cory Booker was watching Tweety tonight.

    • 36 anniebella
      May 21, 2012 at 5:39 pm

      Bill, Maybe Cory and his buddy Chris Christie were watching or choking on a bottle of champagne.

    • 37 criquet
      May 21, 2012 at 5:40 pm

      Why? What was said on Tweety’s show?

    • 38 nospin
      May 21, 2012 at 5:44 pm

      Why would he? Tweety spits out of both sides of his neck and has said plenty to embarrass his network and our country. How about as recent as April 15 when he did that interview at the Summit of the Americas? “Matthews asked about the “demand” by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff that they want to be equals with the United States — “you want to learn everything we know, and then take it back and shove it at us, right?”


      • 39 nospin
        May 21, 2012 at 5:46 pm

        My point is that everybody says stupid things from time to time. Some more than others.

        • 40 Dudette
          May 21, 2012 at 5:48 pm

          Some in our U.S. media have elevated saying stupid things to an art form.

        • 41 nathkatun7
          May 22, 2012 at 3:27 am

          Exactly! I certainly have said and written intemperate things that I wish I had not said or written. I think it would be a shame if people judged my entire life based on my dumb and possibly self serving things that I said or wrote. At 66, I am not willing to write off this promising young man who, in my judgement, has done many good things. Besides, I know the games the media is playing. Instead of the media dealing with truthfulness of the Obama campaign ad., they would rather distract us by focusing on the dumb statements, willful or not, by Cory Booker. My question to the media, and especially Dick Gregory, is: What exactly is untrue in the Obama campaign commercial? It really does not matter how the commercial makes Cory Booker feel. For all I know he may genuinely feel the way he expressed. Still Booker’s feelings do not negate the despicable way Romney and his company treated their employees. The commercial is about Romney and Bain. It is not about Corey Booker’s feelings.

      • 42 Dudette
        May 21, 2012 at 5:46 pm

        Tweety should not be allowed to go outside and play, let alone interview foreign dignataries.

      • 43 Jenny
        May 21, 2012 at 6:54 pm

        Booker is a Judas who sold us out for 30 pieces of silver for his senatorial campaign.

    • 44 nathkatun7
      May 22, 2012 at 3:07 am

      Bill, Did you listen to what the President said about Cory Booker? He is not the issue! The issue is what the Bain company did to the workers who lost their jobs, their pensions and their health insurance. Mayor Booker messed up but he is not running for President. Let’s stop aiding and abating the divisive mainstream media. Tweety is a fair weather friend of the President. Who knows what he will be saying about him tomorrow, or two weeks from now.

  7. 45 Bill R.
    May 21, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Our president is a great leader but also a political genius. He knows when to go big and how to use controversy and conflict as an opportunity to communicate to the American people.

  8. 47 criquet
    May 21, 2012 at 5:22 pm

  9. 48 PoliticalJunkessa
    May 21, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Yeah, I know it’s dailykos, but it’s good:


    It’s easy to forget, but before the world met Barack Obama in 2004, many believed that the first black president would be Booker. Armed with Stanford, Yale and Oxford degrees and all of the invaluable personal connections he forged at those institutions, he set out in the mid-1990s to craft a uniquely appealing political biography, swearing off lucrative job offers to move to Newark’s Central Ward and take up residence in public housing. Within a few years, he won a seat on the City Council, where he showed an early and consistent knack for self-generated publicity, most notably with a ten-day hunger strike in the summer of 1999.

    It’s not easy for me to forget, because I was living in NYC at the time and remember hearing about this guy and the buzz that he would be the first black president.

    We have to remember that PBO’s rise had, and still has, a LOT of folks — of all colors and creeds — totally SHOOK.

    I think Cory has enough of a good core to take this moment as an opportunity for self-reflection. He obviously doesn’t have the vision, imagination, self-awareness, or depth of understanding that PBO has. So it’s easy to see how he could get tied up in the Third Way. It’s the path of least resistance for a lot of these middle-of-the-road, corporate Dems that want GOP money, but not GOP baggage.

    At this point, IMO, the major blow to Booker’s aura is not that he did something off-the-charts horrible, or damaging. He will soon find that he hasn’t had much of an impact, if any at all, on PBO’s campaign. No, the major blow is that he has shown himself to be something worse in a politician — he’s shown himself to be common. Middle of the road. Mediocre. Go along to get along. He’s not a visionary, as we might have thought. He’s actually average. Which is a shame.

    • 49 theo67
      May 21, 2012 at 5:27 pm

      This is an interesting take.

    • 50 FiredUpInCA
      May 21, 2012 at 5:53 pm

      I like your observations on Cory Booker PJ. He also revealed himself to not being politically astute. He is a stone’s throw away from the birthplace of the Occupy Wall Street movement and he has to know that even if you one doesn’t fully embrace that movement, no one in their right mind is defending ruthless one percenters of Mitt Romney’s ilk.

      You can shovel all the snow in every walkway in the world but once you start vigorously shoveling crap for a one percenter like Mitt Romney, people are always going to look at you sideways no matter how many times you try to walk it back.

      It is instructive that when the President was a rising star like Booker, he made received national attention for an “I am my brother’s keeper, I am my sister’s keeper” message at the 2004 Democratic convention.

      Booker uses his moment in the sun to defend Mitt Romney and vampire capitalism. For a rising star, he’s not too bright.

      • 51 PoliticalJunkessa
        May 21, 2012 at 6:06 pm

        Agreed. I think a lot of these guys just get in an echo chamber where they hear and see certain ideas over and over. It then becomes very easy to fall into the false equivalencies rut. Then there’s just the practical matter of not quite being ready for prime time and the bright lights, which was an issue for Booker yesterday. I’m curious to see how he lets this experience shape him.

    • 52 nospin
      May 21, 2012 at 5:53 pm

      “I think Cory has enough of a good core to take this moment as an opportunity for self-reflection. He obviously doesn’t have the vision, imagination, self-awareness, or depth of understanding that PBO has. So it’s easy to see how he could get tied up in the Third Way.”

      That is a bunch of bull puckey. It isn’t that deep. Booker’s point was that there are plenty of things to hit Romney on and to him personally, Bain isn’t one of them.

      To say that because of that one statement Booker has “shown himself to be something worse in a politician — he’s shown himself to be common. Middle of the road. Mediocre. Go along to get along. He’s not a visionary, as we might have thought. He’s actually average. Which is a shame.”

      What is a shame is that it is tough to recognize that some Dems are just as deranged as the right wing nut jobs we say we are fighting against. I am going to take a break. I do not like what I see at this blog. Some of ya’ll are coming off as Palin crazy.

      • 53 PoliticalJunkessa
        May 21, 2012 at 5:58 pm


        I’ll forgive you for your “deranged” and “Palin crazy” insult. *brushes shoulders off* 😛

        • 54 nospin
          May 21, 2012 at 6:08 pm

          I appreciate it your forgiveness PJ and your willingness to brush your shoulders off. Will probably apologize later but right now I can’t help but see that there is something seriously wrong with this mob like attitude especially over something minor like this.

          I’ll even throw in an extra while I am making my dramatic exit while shaking my head in disbelief. . . How is this response different from pinning down someone and cutting his hair off with scissors because you didn’t like the way he looked? It isn’t right.

          You can disagree without ripping the man to shreds and trying to cast him as some ignorant know nothing little boy.

          Glad I stuck around at least long enough to read hgerhard’s comment.

          Leaving for real.

          • May 21, 2012 at 6:10 pm

            Sorry to see you go Nospin, thanks for everything – and best of luck.

          • 56 joyfulmeme
            May 21, 2012 at 9:15 pm

            Nospin may be gone, but she needs to understand that Booker did some serious damage yesterday and played right into the republicans hands. I’ve always liked Booker and up until yesterday he was an excellent spokesman for the Obama team.

            He really went off the reservation on this and it looks like it was for personal gain.

          • 57 nathkatun7
            May 22, 2012 at 4:20 am

            nospin, please don’t leave! We are all on the same team, even though we may disagree, Yes, I am of the opinion that Mayor Booker messed up mightly. I truly don’t know why he said what he said. I ascribe it to making a dumb statement which we are all capable of doing, especially if you are a young politician trying to appear sensible, reasonable and non partisan. I wish all of us would take a lesson from the President. I am sure the President was unhappy with what Mayor Booker said, yet he was not willing to erase all the good Mayor Booker has done just over one intemperate dumb statement. President Obama displayed wisdom and maturity that we all should emulate. We can fiercely disagree without being disagreeable. I thought the reason we all came to sites like this one was the fact that we were fed up with the holier than thou purity progressives who were constantly attacking the President for not doing things exactly the way they wanted them done.

            By the way, I happen to agree with you about Mayor Booker. Yes, I believe he messed up big time, but everything I know about his work and his views is that he is a good man, who, like President Obama, has to play politics in order to survive. This is by no means meant to excuse his political blunder that gave the enemies of the President political ammunition to attack him. But then again, who among us is without sin? Wasn’t it two or three weeks ago that some people here were all over BWD for her letter to the President?

            Speaking as an oldie, I hope all our heated family disagreements don’t always end in divorce. If, as we claim, we are all dedicated to the re-election of President Obama, then it is time to put aside our “petty” differences and focus on the task at hand: the re-election of President Obama. Today, the President we all love, admire, and respect, set an example on how to respond to this media manufactured Cory Booker controversy: Corey Booker is not the issue. The issue is examining the validity of Mitt Romney’s claim that he is a job creator based on his record as the head of Bain Capital. That’s the issue, nospin! That is also the issue that should be the focus of people who are relentlessly attacking and denigrating Mayor Booker. All of us who on President Obama’s side cannot continue to be divided by the media driven controversy and then expect to re-elect the President in November.

            So, nospin, I hope you reconsider and stay. Your voice is needed here just as it’s needed everywhere on pragmatic blogs. Just remember, family members sometimes fight, but in the end they come together,

        • 58 Bill
          May 21, 2012 at 6:15 pm

          I thought your insights were very astute. Booker was too clever by half and it showed him to be a mediocre politician.

          • 59 prettyfoot58
            May 21, 2012 at 6:58 pm

            this mob like attitude


            This is how i was beginning to feel yesterday…between twitter and the blog…..and yes in the beginning i felt that punch in my gut as well and i added my indignation as well….but as the onslaught got bigger and meaner and nastier…..i began to feel uneasy….

            and even today…the nasty comments….make me take a giant step back …and try to see what is really going on….

            and then there is Tien’s comments….a welcome kooless in a sea of hot lava….

            i hope this controversy blows over soon….

            but what will be harder to mend is the hurt feelings… if we are nasty ….rude…and hateful….to each other because of a difference of opinion…..

      • May 21, 2012 at 6:04 pm

        Is it really necessary to attack another TODer?

      • 62 GGail
        May 21, 2012 at 6:09 pm

        I think you’ve made a good decision nospin to take a break. It appears that you have difficulty reading different views and attempting to understand another person’s point of view. Only through discussion can we all reach the same conclusion – To Re-Elect President Obama.

      • May 21, 2012 at 6:11 pm

        The problem was that Booker trashed the central theme of the Obama campaign—-questioning Romney/Bain and his fitness for office. That’s what Mitt is running on, his business expertise—–and the Obama campaign rightly is questioning and exposing the deceit of his claims—–bankrupting companies, jobs lost, his ethical problems. What Booker did was selfish, damaging and is inexcusable.

        • 64 nathkatun7
          May 22, 2012 at 4:25 am

          Agreed! But did we learn anything from how the President we respect and support dealt with this issue? I am afraid that people who persist in trashing Mayor Booker are not helping President Obama’s re-election. Instead, they are giving mayor Booker and his media enablers more power than they deserve.

      • 65 sabreen60
        May 21, 2012 at 6:17 pm

        And I’m surprised at your comment. I thought we were adults who could disagree without being disagreeable. President Obama has made “fairness” central to this campaign. If you listen to his response to the question about Bain/Booker then you heard him say “Bain is not a distraction”. Booker said it was a distraction. Booker’s comments cut President Obama off at the knees. At least if felt like that because most people didn’t expect it to come from Booker. Harold Ford yeah. But not Booker.

        Anyway, I can’t remember folks hear resorting to name calling. It’s going to be a long six months and we can take a lesson from our President and keep cool under pressure.

    • 67 prettyfoot58
      May 21, 2012 at 5:58 pm

      it would appear that everyone wants a pound of Corey’s flesh…..

      • 68 Jenny
        May 21, 2012 at 7:11 pm

        and Booker wants pounds of cash from wall street job killers to finance his state wide campaign.

        he sold us out for 30 pieces of silver.

      • 70 Jenny
        May 21, 2012 at 7:20 pm

        I mean, why should we give Booker a pass?

        If Schumer had done that would anyone be defending him? Of course not.

        • 71 prettyfoot58
          May 21, 2012 at 7:35 pm

          he was wrong on 2 points….as a surrogate…you have to remain on point…

          and 2…
          as the President pointed out so eloquently…Romney’s record at Bain Capital is relevant….

          what is bothers me is the nastiness and hatefulness of the comments….

          • 72 edwina3
            May 21, 2012 at 8:01 pm

            I think everyone here has been pretty respectful. The twitterverse can’t be helped, it is what is, a sea of points of view that have varying levels of truth in them. Personally I stay away from most comment sections, except for here.

          • 73 Jenny
            May 21, 2012 at 8:47 pm

            he wasn’t simply wrong (as in making an error), no, he did this on purpose. He decided to repeatedly defend the wall street jackals who ruined this country over the President and the people who don’t want to see Medicare gutted by a Romney-Ryan administration because he wants wall street will fund his 2014 senate run.

            he funny part is the republicans won’t give Booker a break when he runs for the senate. Fox News, Karl Rove, the Koch bros, the religious right are gonna tear him to shreds, hitting below the belt, especially his personal life. That’s what they do. That’s what they always do.

            Booker is gonna need voters like me to knock on doors, make calls, and turn out votes. You can’t win just with money. Jon Corzine was a billionaire and he couldn’t buy a re-election. To win, he’ll need volunteers like me and fellow Democrats to save him.

            But why should I save him when he’s giving a full throated defense of Romney and the Bain job killers? Why should I save him if he’s gonna tear down President Obama? Why should I help him in his time of need, when he wouldn’t help us?

            • 74 nathkatun7
              May 22, 2012 at 5:13 am

              So in your estimation, Jenny, Mayor Booker, and not Romney and the Bain company, is the most important problem? Do I understand correctly that you want us to focus on the imagined 2014 Senate election in New Jersey, which so far as I know, Mayor Booker has not yet announced that he is candidate because you are dead certain that he will be?

              You ask “But why should I save him when he’s giving a full throated defense of Romney and the Bain job killers?” Did I miss something? Is Cory Booker running for President? If the person running for president is willing to overlook Mr. Booker’s transgressions why are you insisting that we makeCory Booker the center of our attention? I am sorry but I am not willing to be side tracked! My focus is on Mitt Romney and Bain Capital and not the Mayor of Newark, NJ who made a dumb and ill-advised statement. I especially don’t appreciate people like you who push disunity. I am not sure what your agenda is. My #1 priority is re-electing President Obama in 2012. I am not at all interested at this time about the imagined 2014 Cory Booker’s run for the Senate. I will cross that bridge once I know who are the candidates.

              By the way, from all of your posts to day, it seems that your mission is to destroy Mayor Booker so that he doesn’t dare run for the Senate in NJ, in 2014. Do you have a secret agenda that you are not sharing with us about who you think should be the Democratic Senate Candidate from NJ, in 2014?

              Again, first things first. For me right here in California, my immediate focus is on the 2012 election and not 2014 election.

      • 75 amk for obama
        May 21, 2012 at 7:34 pm

        Didn’t Obama face lot more ‘pounds of flesh’ moments when he entered the national stage ? Why should booker be treated any different ? He stepped in it and then didn’t have the common sense the wash it off. Instead, he chose to wallow in it. That’s real stupid.

      • 77 nathkatun7
        May 22, 2012 at 4:33 am

        I submit that only those people who are easily aroused by the media frenzy want “a pound of Cory’ flesh.” I wish all of us would pay attention to the way the President, that we all admire and support, responded to this issue. Demonizing Mayor Booker is not likely to win us more votes. However, calmly challenging his dumb statements, and providing people with facts and truth about Romney and Bain might, in my humble opinion, neutralize the negative impact of Mr. Booker’s statements. Just my two cents!

    • May 21, 2012 at 6:52 pm

      It’s possible that this will forge something new in Cory Booker. I would like to think so. The good stuff coming out of PBO’s leadership is not just about politics and policies and programs and communities and jobs; we have opportunities to grow our own selves, all of us, including us crazy Obamanut fruitcakes. We can learn some stuff here about what a higher road looks like, the better good, the power of democracy. It’s re-formation time, peoples.

  10. 79 FiredUpInCA
    May 21, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    The Educator-in-Chief schools Mr. Booker and Mr. Romney:

    “Governor Romney, his main calling card for why he thinks he should be president is his business experience. He’s not going out there touting his experience in Massachusetts. He’s saying, I’m a business guy, and I know how to fix it, and this is his business.

    And when you’re president, as opposed to the head of a private equity firm, your job is not simply to maximize profits. Your job is to figure out how everybody in the country has a fair shot. Your job is to think about those workers who get laid off, and how are we paying for their retraining. Your job is to think about how those communities can start creating new clusters so they can attract new businesses. Your job as president is to think about how do we set up an equitable tax system so that everybody’s paying their fair share, that allows us then to invest in science, and technology, and infrastructure, all of which are going to help us grow.

    And so if your main argument for how to grow the economy is “I knew how to make a lot of money for investors,” then you’re missing what this job is about. It doesn’t mean you weren’t good at private equity. But that’s not what my job is as president.

    My job is to take into account everybody, not just some. My job is to make sure the country is growing not just now, but 10 years from now, 20 years from now.”

    I would not be surprised if Mr. Booker’s brief career is over as a Presidential surrogate in this election season. The election shows every sign of being tight and awash with money. It’s a make-or-break moment for the middle class. Any surrogate that feels that it is the appointed duty to defend the out-of-touch CEO of Bain and his vampire capitalism, is not what someone we need right now.

    • 80 PoliticalJunkessa
      May 21, 2012 at 5:32 pm

      Thank you, FiredUpInCA!

    • 81 jackiegrumbacher
      May 21, 2012 at 5:38 pm

      This is an absolutely, straight on, hit-the nail-on the head statement. And it was given extemporaneously. Beautiful example of a leader who knows exactly what he’s doing and why. If Booker heard this he should retire to his room and hang his head in shame.

    • 82 amk for obama
      May 21, 2012 at 7:38 pm


      Any surrogate that feels that it is the appointed duty to defend the out-of-touch CEO of Bain and his vampire capitalism, is not what someone we need right now.

      Have a cigar, Firedup. Long time, no see.

  11. 83 Liberal Librarian
    May 21, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    So, we know Scott Walker is under investigation by the FBI. Well, look who’s under the microscope now—John Kasich. When you win office in a corrupt manner, you eventually get charged with corruption.

    • 84 Betsy
      May 21, 2012 at 10:57 pm

      I just wish that it didn’t go so slowly and that they both get indicted, if guilty, before they continue to destroy their states.

  12. 85 Bill R.
    May 21, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Seems clear Cory Booker was angling to ingratiate himself with the RW. I would not be surprised to see him switch parties and endorse Mitt Romney. PBO just handed his ass to him with grace and Cory Booker is now finished with the Dem. Party. No apologies from him today.

    • May 21, 2012 at 5:42 pm

      I hope he learns his lesson and stays. We have enough people on the other side.

    • 87 virginia
      May 21, 2012 at 7:34 pm

      I don’t think Booker is going anywhere, but if he does, I hope he takes Harold Ford, Jr. with him. I’ve had just about enough of him.

  13. 88 GGail
    May 21, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    While others are playing Checkers…..President Obama is playing Chess and using every opportunity to get his Message out! BRAVO Mr President, BRAVO (clap, clap, clap)

  14. 89 Michele
    May 21, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    President Obama was clear and forceful about what the debate will be about… I will say he was professional on the world stage but when he gets to the presidential debates he will be kicking ass and taking names….

  15. 90 Michele
    May 21, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    I did not see the MTP because David Gregory sucks but the clips I did see from Chris Matthews show proves to me he was self-serving.. Really disguisting….

  16. May 21, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Tweety was great on his show. Don’t miss the 7 o’clock one.

    • 92 anniebella
      May 21, 2012 at 5:42 pm

      Mitt Romney is in New York today for six fundraiser, do you think Cory Booker will be at one of those fundraiser?

    • 96 yardarm756
      May 21, 2012 at 6:00 pm

      Tweety sucks! He won’t let people talk without interrupting them. He needs to shut up sometimes.

      • 97 vcprezofan2
        May 21, 2012 at 7:16 pm

        So your ‘vacay’ is over, Yardarm? Almost missed you in the midst of all this hear. 😉 Nice to have you back.

        • 98 yardarm756
          May 21, 2012 at 8:40 pm

          Thanks vc but no vacay. Serious ownership business in WI that demanded attn. Time share ownership can be problematic.

  17. 99 donna dem 4 obama
    May 21, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Doesn’t he just make you so proud that you voted to elect him our President? I cannot wait to do it again this November.

  18. May 21, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Chips, how can I email you? I have found a great picture that I at least have never seen before, and I can’t find a way to copy it, but I can email it.

  19. May 21, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    I have noticed a weird phenomenon here. Every time I click post on one of my insightful, extraordinary, pulitzer-prize winning comments—genius quality, really—-I see “new post everyone”. It cannot be coincidence. Sabotage? Spies? oooh oooh oooh. Scary! 🙂

  20. 107 Betty's Girl
    May 21, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Well this little episode brought me back out of lurkdom! I just watched Booker on Chris Matthews. Oh, he knew exactly what he was doing. He even mentioned I am a surrogate for the Obama campaign. He went for the juguler. I hope he enjoys doing what Harold Ford does for a living. He will not go further in politics.

    • May 21, 2012 at 5:53 pm

      Well, Tweety and his guests are almost certain this might finish the Presidents chances!
      I don’t think so.
      But Tweety is blowing this up!

      • 109 Betty's Girl
        May 21, 2012 at 6:00 pm

        yeah, but I don’t pay attention to what Twetty and Fineman says because they are always wrong. How many times have the President been dead according to these two political wizards. At the end of the day, the Repubs with all their money, have a weak leak name Romney. He is going to screw it up for them.

  21. May 21, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Nah! Tweedy and his guests are saying, that Booker messed up and Obama is now finished.
    That is what I am getting out of it!
    He is really blowing this up!
    No praise for Tweety, just yet. Jeesh.

  22. 113 Dudette
    May 21, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    There it is…. Tweety just said it “This has been a bad day for the Obama campaign” — time to take a swig of beer!!

    • May 21, 2012 at 5:54 pm

      See? Tweety has a way for sticking up for the President and making things worse!

    • 115 Michele
      May 21, 2012 at 5:57 pm

      Dudette, take a deep breathe and if you have extra money send in a donation.

      • 116 Dudette
        May 21, 2012 at 6:04 pm

        Thanks Mich… I’m breathing just fine. I try to keep an even keel with all this stuff. Pretty much the only time I get really riled up is when when they tell me I can see my President live and the stream is late. :-p

        I just happened to notice the meme pop up and had to point it out so anyone out there participating in the drinking game would know when it’s time to take another chug. 😀

        By the way, I give weekly. My way of putting my money where my mouth is, so to speak. 🙂

    • 117 FiredUpInCA
      May 21, 2012 at 6:06 pm

      This is a bad day for people saying this is a bad day for the Obama campaign.

      During the NATO press conference, In a single, eloquent, populist explanation about the role of private equity firms vs. the role of the Presidency, my President took out Bain Capital, Cory Booker, Mitt Romney and every pundit in the last 30 years who has claimed that the President of the United States should be run the country like a business.

      The U.S. isn’t a private equity firm to be raided for maximum profits. In this President’s view, the Presidency is about people. In his political opponent’s view, corporations are people and those “people” come first.

      If Mitt thinks he scored a major blow by including Booker’s comments in his ad, he hasn’t figured out his opponent yet. President Obama has the power and experience that comes with occupying that Romney and Booker aspire to. He is a better communicator then both of them combined and more of the country supports his point of view than the strange, narrow interests of private equity firms like Bain capital that are somehow successful when they lay off workers and bankrupt companies.

      • 118 jacquelineoboomer
        May 21, 2012 at 6:49 pm

        *This is a bad day for people saying this is a bad day for the Obama campaign*

        I’ll take some of that! Tweety and Howard and the others need to go home for the evening, put their slippers on, and have the dog bring them yesterday’s paper … unless they’ve also bored the dog so much that he ran away. Yesterday.

        • 119 TrumpDog
          May 21, 2012 at 9:59 pm

          Tweety and Howard and the others need to go home for the evening, put their slippers on, and have the dog bring them yesterday’s paper … unless they’ve also bored the dog so much that he ran away. Yesterday.


  23. 121 Jessica
    May 21, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    This whole Cory Booker situation is……. I really don’t know. He’s good on social and civil rights issues but he’s too close to Bloomberg and Christie. I don’t think he ruined his chances of VP or President (*cough cough Sarah Silverman) because I personally never thought he would make it that far. He’s a theatrical liberal but he wouldn’t have the patience, foresight, or genius to pass a major bill like healthcare. Now that I think of it he’s a Bill Clinton type. Charming on the outside but has a bigger ego than his abilities and I seriously question his motives. I genuinely wonder if Bloomberg or the Koch Bros wrote him a check to say what he said.

    I don’t think PBO will privately reprimand him, he’ll just remember this and put it in the back of his mind and when 2014 and 2016 rolls around Booker will gravely regret it.

    • May 21, 2012 at 5:58 pm

      I agree about possibility of a check from someone (?). I also would not be surprised if down the road, he does switch parties and become the R’s “articulate token black.” Get my drift?

    • 123 prettyfoot58
      May 21, 2012 at 6:08 pm


      if anything…i think that is a learning moment for Mayor Booker…..and .i do not see the President as vindictive…..

      • 124 Jessica
        May 21, 2012 at 6:33 pm

        No he’s not but Booker had the oppurtunity to be a true friend or like a protege to PBO and that’s down the drain bc of 3 sentences. I don’t know if he’s being paid, naive, big ego or just big mouth (maybe combo) but he’s done and PBO knows it.

      • 125 amk for obama
        May 21, 2012 at 7:48 pm

        Agree. It’s a learning moment and Obama just now taught him. Beyond that, it’s unfair to cast aspersions on his motive and character without proof.

    • 126 Betsy
      May 21, 2012 at 11:12 pm

      Think Progress came up with this info on Booker:

  24. 127 criquet
    May 21, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    One good thing could come out of this and that is if people go and find the ads about Bain and Romney to see what the comments were about.

    The media had been silent about these ads but no more. Let’s hope the law of unintended consequences works in our favor this time.

    • 128 amk for obama
      May 21, 2012 at 7:49 pm

      Exactly. My earlier tweet on this

  25. 129 hgerhard
    May 21, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Hello TOD family – as always, our President is reacting to controversy with calm and reason, and he is forceful and convincing in doing it. He doesn’t have to tear down foes – or unfaithful friends – he doesn’t become agitated and defensive. He just opens people’s eyes and presents the larger picture, all the while reinforcing his own message. I wish I could learn from him how to be conciliatory, responsive and totally on message all at the same time.

    • 130 sabreen60
      May 21, 2012 at 7:17 pm

      With President Obama sometimes it’s more about what he doesn’t say then what he says. When asked about Booker, he said (I paraphrase) that Booker is a good mayor and helped to turn the city around. Period. Full Stop. Nothing about Booker working for the campaign or functioning as a surrogate. He didn’t denigrate him, nor would I expect him to. However, I bet he will be more thoroughly vetted more and so will other surrogates.

    • 131 lilaf1
      May 21, 2012 at 8:01 pm

      We should all take note of how the President is handling this matter. Continue to praise Booker for what he has done well, and there is much he has done well, while respectfully disagreeing with what he had to say about Bain and explaining why what he said was so off the mark. This is a chance for Booker to learn and grow as a politician and a human being. It is easy to get sucked into the trope of “both sides do it” for politicians. And Booker made that mistake in a really poorly chosen way and at a bad time. He has been shown that just reacting to all negative advertising as being the same, is a major mistake. You have to look at the content of the ad, the substance of the argument it makes and the most especially at the truth behind that argument. With the Rev. Wright proposed ads, the design of the ad was meant to mislead. They wanted to paint Rev. Wright as someone he is not and then use those false impressions to smear the President. The Bain ads are all about the business that Romney ran and is now running on as his main qualification for President. The ads may be negative but that is because the results of Romney’s type of business are often negative for the majority of people affected by his business. He ran a company whose goal was to maximize profits for a few without regard to anyone else or the long lasting harm his company may have caused for the many.

      I think Booker has a chance to learn from this that critical thinking is required these days. The days of talking points are ending. People have access to a lot more information than ever before and they WILL call you on what you say and do. You must be ever mindful of what you put out there because it is out there immediately and will spread rapidly. He now knows that what a Newark mayor says may not get a lot of feedback, someone speaking to a nation audience has to be a lot more informed, savvy and careful.

  26. 132 sportsbabe59
    May 21, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Now that’s the actual factuals. Corey Booker, he’s dead to me.

  27. May 21, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    I felt ok before watching Tweety. Tweety seems genuinely pissed off that Booker torpedoed the Obama Campaign.
    Him and his Guests agree that the President is now on big trouble, thanks to Booker.
    He is really sensationalizing it, playing into everybody, who is a supporter, Fears.

    • 134 hopefruit2
      May 21, 2012 at 6:07 pm

      Sorry, I’m not buying Tweety’s little act. This is not going to torpedo PBO, and he knows that damn well. This is Tweety dramatizing for ratings, and Coward Fineman playing along. Two weeks from now they’ll be on a different story.

      • 135 prettyfoot58
        May 21, 2012 at 6:08 pm


      • May 21, 2012 at 6:18 pm

        Thanks! I needed that reinforcement, after listening to Tweety!

      • 137 Dudette
        May 21, 2012 at 6:20 pm

        Anyone who’s watched Tweety more than a couple of times knows that tingle of his is about as stable as grape jello. He gets paid to sensationalize. Who the sensationalism helps or hurts doesn’t matter. What’s important to him is the ratings and, of course, his ego.

      • 138 amk for obama
        May 21, 2012 at 7:54 pm

        2 weeks? It’ll be gone in 24 hours (especially now that PBO has spoken and smacked down the gop/msm yakking points). tweety and co find something else to concern troll about.

    • 140 lilaf1
      May 21, 2012 at 8:05 pm

      No one listens to Tweety on the political ramifications of anything because he is almost always completely wrong about it. This was not a big deal. In fact it got the ads in question out there for the general public to hear more about. If people are talking about Romney’s business experience with Bain Capital, that is good for the President and bad for Romney. Tweety is an idiot.

  28. May 21, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    I have so much respect for how the President handled the question about Bain. I think that he just knocked it out of the park. The media will continue to run with the Cory Booker angle of this story but he is irrelevant in my opinion. I have found it a bit humorous though reading comments on the web from Booker apologists who keep informing me that he made a “mistake.” I don’t understand what these people are talking about. He didn’t make a “mistake.” He expressed his actual OPINION on the matter of private equity and on what he thinks about the campaign’s Bain strategy. EVERYONE who knows ANYTHING about Booker knows that these are the views he has ALWAYS had. I think that his supporters are just shell-shocked that he actually went on television to express them in a context of being a campaign SURROGATE.

    One of the reasons Democrats usually lose national elections is because we fail to enforce campaign discipline in the way that Republicans traditionally have. My hope is that David Plouffe will prevail on President Obama to sit Booker on the bench for the foreseeable future. I don’t think that he should get a convention speaking slot. It’s important to enforce some consequences for self-serving actions that are intended to promote oneself over the campaign that you are supposed to be representing. I want to say that I have no personal animosity towards Booker but politics isn’t bean bag. As someone who has spent nearly 20 years in the trenches of local politics and over 20 years as an organizer, I can tell you that Booker needs to be sat down for what he did. It was most certainly NOT a mistake and people should stop making excuses for him. It does not mean that he is a bad person but it does mean that he is extremely selfish and opportunistic. This is the last that I will have to say on this matter. I have to get back to focusing on the work that will help the campaign win in November. Peace to all of you and let’s keep fighting to re-elect the President.

    • 142 PoliticalJunkessa
      May 21, 2012 at 6:08 pm


    • 143 FiredUpInCA
      May 21, 2012 at 6:09 pm

      His mistake was that he said out loud what he really thinks and that messed up his chances of winning over the voters he needs to win over if he intends to run as a Democrat.

      His mistake was that he revealed himself. Oops.

    • May 21, 2012 at 6:10 pm

      That is pretty good stuff!

    • 145 prettyfoot58
      May 21, 2012 at 6:12 pm

      I think that his supporters are just shell-shocked that he actually went on television to express them in a context of being a campaign SURROGATE……

      i think that he will get another chance….and i suspect….that when that happens….Mayor Booker will show what he has learned…


      • May 21, 2012 at 6:23 pm

        No doubt that he will get another chance. Most people do and that is as it should be. I believe in restorative justice which means that when you cause harm, you look for ways to repair that harm. I believe (strongly) that Booker needs to sit out this cycle. Perhaps he can concentrate on getting some of his Wall Street friends to start donating to the Obama campaign. That will certainly be something constructive that he can be doing behind the scenes. However, I think that to give him a public role in the campaign this cycle would send a terrible message to other politicians. It suggests that you can freelance without consequence and that would be a disaster. The campaign should enforce party discipline otherwise what’s the good of actually having a party apparatus. So I wish Booker the best in the future. May he achieve all of his goals. However they need to sit him down from a public role this cycle.

        • May 21, 2012 at 6:54 pm

          Agree with all your thoughts, MK. Booker’s comments showed a total disregard for the Obama campaign and the possible consequences of his reckless and selfish statements. Cannot be overlooked.

        • 148 vcprezofan2
          May 21, 2012 at 7:56 pm

          I too agree with your take, MK, particularly in the area of consequences. Indeed, ‘I think that to give him a public role in the campaign this cycle would send a terrible message’ NOT ONLY to other politicians, BUT TO THE MANY VOTERS who saw his comments as disloyal and irresponsible vis a vis such a crucial election.

      • 149 Dudette
        May 21, 2012 at 6:35 pm

        I wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt until I went back and watched his statement. It definitely wasn’t a mistake, — colossal miscalculation yes, but mistake, no. He thought he’d carve out a little space for himself in the so-called middle. You can’t call yourself someone’s surrogate and then stab them in the back in public and think there would be no repercussion.

        Democrats are in the habit of giving people second chances. That’s one of the differences between us and Repugs. The crucial point about whether not Booker gets back into good graces with the party is how he SHOWS that lesson has been learned.

        MK raises a good point about the convention. Look at how we put Joe Lieberman on the friggin’ Democrat ticket and then he went Judas in a BIG WAY. No second chances unless they are EARNED.

        • May 21, 2012 at 6:43 pm

          Dudette, what an excellent analogy in bringing up the Lieberman example! Yes to this. I think that the Lieberman example is really instructive.

        • 151 PoliticalJunkessa
          May 21, 2012 at 6:55 pm

          I agree. PBO is very magnanimous. It’s a great character trait. However, Booker had his audition and it didn’t go so well. Time for more schooling. I just want to see more people with authenticity, with a genuine vision crafted from real life experience and deep reflection — not people who have simply bought their own hype.

        • 152 amk for obama
          May 21, 2012 at 8:00 pm

          lieberman was the reason I soured on al gore. sheesh, that showed his political acumen, didn’t it ?

    • 153 elo4obama/biden
      May 21, 2012 at 8:10 pm

      Thank you. I hope your peaceful protests at NATO went well. You’re really good at this MK. 🙂

    • 154 theo67
      May 21, 2012 at 11:56 pm


  29. 155 hopefruit2
    May 21, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    On a lighter (but not quite light) note …a creepy story about a different kind of fraud. Just when I thought I’d seen and heard it all…Norman Bates: NYC Edition. LOL!

    HEADLINE: Brooklyn Man Who Dressed as Dead Mom Sentenced for Fraud

    // New York man has been sentenced to more than 13 years behind bars for a bizarre real estate fraud where he dressed up like his dead mother to renew a driver’s license under her name. Thomas Parkin was convicted May 3 on charges including grand larceny and mortgage fraud. He was sentenced Monday to 13 2/3 to 41 years. Prosecutors say Parkin’s mother died in 2003 and the building she owned was sold at a foreclosure auction. Parkin pretended his dead mother was still alive to file a false lawsuit against the new owners. Prosecutors argued he collected $44,000 in social security checks belonging to his mom, doctored her death certificate and went to the department of motor vehicles dressed as her so he could get a renewed license. //


    • 156 Dudette
      May 21, 2012 at 6:54 pm

      Looks like a candidate for that Dumbest Criminals TV Show.

    • 157 miss pat
      May 21, 2012 at 9:17 pm

      That was funny. His friend went with him to the bank to hold him up while he did his banking dressed like Mom in a wig and a dress.

  30. 158 joyce
    May 21, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    I just love our president. He is so ready to for this campaign and the debates. Mitt will leave the stage crying and whimpering and wondering why his richness didn’t get him the oval office. Buy popcorn now, it will be something to see.

  31. 159 anniebella
    May 21, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Rev. Al is going to get me to stop watching his show, he has that GOP creep Michael Steele up there to darn much. I don’t want to hear Steele and his GOP crap.

    • 160 hopefruit2
      May 21, 2012 at 6:18 pm

      I think Michael Steele, Ed Rendell, etc., are contracted by MSNBC to give a certain # of appearances and shows hosts MUST comply. Rev Al does a great job otherwise, so these phonies don’t really bother me.

      • 161 anniebella
        May 21, 2012 at 6:38 pm

        They bother me .. Specially Michael Steele.

        • 162 elo4obama/biden
          May 21, 2012 at 8:18 pm

          Not me cause the Rev shuts him down. Did you see how Steele kept trying to wiggle out of the question on job creaion- actual number. Please Rev. Al does not put up with Michael Steele’s crap! Though I get your point- I see more of Steele now than in 2010!

    • 163 anniebella
      May 21, 2012 at 6:23 pm

      What do the people of Newark N.J. think of Cory Booker? I would love to know that. But I have said enough about Cory Booker, he is making me sick. I’m fed up with him. Fed up.

  32. 164 sportsbabe59
    May 21, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    The Prez dropped the actual factuals. Corey Booker is dead to me.

  33. May 21, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    The Impact of Cory Booker by Michael Tomasky

    What was Cory Booker thinking yesterday? I know this will come as a shocker, but he is a politician after all: He was thinking about himself.

    Booker is from New Jersey. He may be running for Senate in 2014, when Frank Lautenberg, who’s close to 90, may retire. New Jersey is home to what is undoubtedly a decent proportion of New York private-equity guys. The “tell,” as they say, was in the precise way Booker phrased his denunciation of the Obama team’s Bain Capital ads: “I have to just say, from a very personal level, I’m not about to sit here and indict private equity.” Those are pretty clearly the words of a man who has or intends to have a beautiful friendship with private equity.

    Steve Kornacki sensed the cynical calculation in Salon yesterday: “Booker’s words on ‘Meet the Press’ may have enraged the average Obama supporter, but to the Wall Street class they were probably close to heroic – finally, a big-name Democrat with the cojones to call out Obama on his class warfare!”

    How much does this matter? Maybe not much. About 4 percent of America probably knows and can actually place who Cory Booker is. But it’s very useful for Romney and is the kind of comment that can continue to pay dividends. Come the fall debates, Romney will be able to say, “But Mr. President, even Cory Booker says…” ….

    ….If the Obama campaign does the above effectively, Booker won’t matter much this fall. But if it leans too hard on Bain and doesn’t advance its narrative, then Booker might linger. Bain should be groundwork–the opening chapter of an argument, not the closing chapter. The closing chapter is Bushonomics Redux.


    • 166 PoliticalJunkessa
      May 21, 2012 at 6:33 pm

      Good article, except for this: Come the fall debates, Romney will be able to say, “But Mr. President, even Cory Booker says….”

      I think PBO just smacked that whole possibility down in his statement today. And even before that statement, I doubted that this Booker brouhaha would have any long-term effect on the campaign. Willard would be a fool to bring this back up. It does show, however, just how much the Bain attacks really make Willard (and the Third Way folks) squirm. They will do anything to make it all go away. It must be hitting them very hard. Glad to see the President isn’t playing.

      • 167 hopefruit2
        May 21, 2012 at 6:45 pm

        I agree PJ. PBO re-asserted his credentials, AND experience as President – a successful one at that. And by praising Booker’s work as Mayor of Newark, PBO basically let everyone (including Booker & Romney) know that being a successful US President entails way more than being mayor of a single city or overseeing a private equity investments.

      • 169 lilaf1
        May 21, 2012 at 8:09 pm

        I agree. If Romney tries to bring this up, it just gives the President another chance to explain why Romney’s record at Bain is relevant and why it is not a plus for Romney. I hope Romney does try it just to watch the smackdown. 🙂

      • 170 nathkatun7
        May 22, 2012 at 5:49 am

        “But Mr. President, even Cory Booker says….”

        What exactly did Cory Booker say that negated the truth told by those workers devastated by Romney’s company in Kansas City, Mo; Indiana and Florida? All the President needs to say is that he was also nauseated by the devastation endured by all those workers laid off by Mitt and his Bain Buddies who still made immense profits in the process of destroying worker’s lives.Truth hurts.There is no way of sugar coating what happened to workers devastated by Romney company’s money making ventures. The raw stories told, first hand by the laid off Bain workers may have made Cory Booker’s stomach turn, but the fact remains that Candidate Romney, who is so proud of his job creating business resume, is still accountable to what happened to those workers under his watch. Personally, It’s those devastating images of workers done in by Mitt’s Bain Capital that made me want to throw up. Try as I may, I still don’t understand how a company could be so inhumane and callous towards its employees and their families.

    • 171 isonprize
      May 21, 2012 at 6:36 pm

      Chica, this was an interesting article. But I will say that, judging by Pres. Obama’s comments in the above video, the campaign has much, much, much more ammunition than “Bain” when it comes to Myth R-money. Aside from the fact that all they really have to do is let his own words speak for him (Youtube is NOT Myth’s friend), I trust that the Obama campaign is savvy enough to know how to deal with Cory Booker.

      Everyone seems to wind up showing their “true colors” as it relates to Pres. Obama. Cory Booker will be fine. Unless he totally goes off the rails, he’ll still be a good Democrat. He’s bright, he’s smart, he’s obviously ambitious, but maybe he’s not as smart as he thinks he is. And now, it seems that he’s much closer now to Harold Ford than he was a few days ago.

  34. 172 Linda
    May 21, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Rick Perry on Bain Capital:

    “There is something inherently wrong when getting rich off failure and sticking it to someone else is how you do your business and I happen to think that’s indefensible,” said Perry. “If you’re a victim of Bain Capital’s downsizing, it’s the ultimate insult for Mitt Romney to come to South Carolina and tell you he feels your pain, because he caused it.”

    • 173 Dudette
      May 21, 2012 at 6:39 pm

      Yep, people forget his primary opponents gave us some much to work with in the general., the campaigns work has almost been done for them.

    • May 21, 2012 at 6:44 pm

      The RNC is trying to make the President play those cards now, in some ad about what Perry and Gingrich said.
      To early for that. That is September stuff.

  35. 175 Betty's Girl
    May 21, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    What really gets me is he “prefaced” what he was about to say by mentioning he was a surrogate for the Obama Campaign.

    • May 21, 2012 at 6:46 pm

      And he has all the talking points right here!
      Did he give those to David Gregory afterwards? Who knows!

    • May 21, 2012 at 6:50 pm

      I wonder if he was even given permission to represent himself that way, or did he go rogue with it as a self-appointed surrogate? Most surrogates, don’t announce it upfront. That’s because it becomes apparent by their speech, talking points, and message. Has anyone ever heard of a spokesperson prefacing their appearance as ‘surrogate’?

  36. 180 Linda
    May 21, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    Here is a comment from over at HP…..

    “Most Vetoes Overridden”

    Mitt’s ad suggests that part of the state’s turnaround came about due to Romney “vetoing hundreds of bills.” A graphic that flashes on the screen is more specific: “Vetoed 800 bills.”

    Not mentioned is that more than 700 of Romney’s vetoes were overturned by the Massachusetts Legislatur­­e.

    Back in 2007 when Romney made a similar claim, FactCheck.­­org independently obtained a complete list of veto overrides covering all four of Romney’s budgets and found that the overrides for fiscal years 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 totaled 707 of the more than 800 line-item vetoes that Romney had issued. Massachuse­­tts’ Legislatur­­e, the General Court, was overwhelmi­­ngly Democratic while Romney was governor. But in some cases even the Republican­­s went against Romney. A minimum wage bill that Romney vetoed in 2006 was overridden unanimousl­­y, for example.””

    Must be why Romney is running from his record as Governor.

    • 181 desertflower
      May 21, 2012 at 7:10 pm

      That, and then some:) Since he’s taken BOTH sides of every issue, he can’t afford to piss off those Conservative voters, ya know!

  37. 182 4morefor44
    May 21, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Warren/O’malley ticket in 2016 is sure looking good!

  38. 185 hopefruit2
    May 21, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    GENTLE REMINDER: Two good PBO-related events tonight, so set DVRs because they are the same time 🙂

    1. PBS’ In-Performance at the WH with Burt Bacharach and Hal David (check your local PBS station) from 9:00-10:00PM Eastern Time.

    2. PBO’s commencement address at Joplin HS, Joplin MO, livestreamed on Whitehouse.gov, and televised live on CSPAN from 9:15PM Eastern Time.

    • 186 PoliticalJunkessa
      May 21, 2012 at 6:57 pm

      I am SO looking forward to the Joplin commencement. I know it’s gonna be electric in there!

    • 187 joanshaw
      May 21, 2012 at 10:11 pm

      Just left Joplin’s commencement and our president’s address — it was terrifically good! As far as I could see, no notes, no teleprompter, how could he remember all those names and incidents so well. Tonight he was a preacher, a great, inspirational preacher because he was showing Joplin’s recovery as an inspiration. My heavens, we are so very blessed to have this man as our president.

  39. 188 FiredUpInCA
    May 21, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Putting what Booker said in perspective.

    President Barack Obama: ‘This is what the campaign is going to be about. This is not a quote distraction’

    Mayor Cory Booker: ‘This is a distraction. This is nauseating.’

    I fail to see how Cory Booker is defensible as a competent surrogate.

    Booker clearly misread what the President was looking for in a surrogate when you compare the points of view of both men.

    Cory Booker clearly has also misread the political moment if he thinks it is smart to be offer full-throated support for the private equity firms tactics that Bain epitomizes, which layoffs and lives upended, at a time when many people looking for work and replenish their lost equity hate Wall Street for breaking the global economy, that has led to layoffs, high unemployment and lost equity.

  40. 190 Vicki
    May 21, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Early in his Presidency Barack Obama swatted a fly during an interview in the White House. That’s what I thought of when POTUS complimented Booker this afternoon.

  41. 192 Dudette
    May 21, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    Raise your hand if you’re surprised by this one…
    HOW BANKS BOUGHT THE TEA PARTY: Cash Transforms Populist Insurgents To Reliable Vote For Financial Industry

  42. 193 ChristiMTL
    May 21, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Maddow Show to have Cory Booker on tonight.

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  44. 203 Dudette
    May 21, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Anybody seen Woody Harrelson lately? 😀

    Officials pick up almost 8,000 pounds of marijuana in Pacific Ocean

    • 204 desertflower
      May 21, 2012 at 7:07 pm

      Or Bill Maher??? Probably down at the beach looking for “shells”……or something…..with a big smile….

  45. May 21, 2012 at 7:04 pm

  46. 206 hopefruit2
    May 21, 2012 at 7:04 pm

  47. 212 desertflower
    May 21, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    I just got home from work, and haven’t had the time to read all the comments, so forgive me if someone has already said this. I loved this presser today with the President. This is EXACTLY what I said yesterday about how he would deal with this “problem”. No body puts PBO in a box. No one will tell him what to say or how to say it. He understands that if Romney is touting his time at Bain as a reason to be President, it is NOT off base, no matter how many people on the other side wishes it were. They are not the boss of him! He does what’s right, he does what’s smart, and he is not intimidated by Booker’s comments or Republican commentary on this subject.He knows precisely what he’s doing and saying at all times.Booker will be a minor blip on the screen….and we shouldn’t have a hair on fire moment every time some surrogate says something that pisses us off. Was Booker wrong? Yes,I think so…but he’s human, and I still believe that he’s one of the good guys.
    PBO is one smooth, smart man. Why do you think the Republicans are all flummoxed all the time? They have met their match, and they know it. It’s make or break time for them now…they lose this, with their weakass lying candidate, and they could be done for decades. I don’t actually have a problem with that…they will be welcomed back when they put their big boy pants on, kick those crazy assed Teabaggers to the curb, once and for all,and learn who they work for. They underestimate PBO at their peril…..
    Love you, Mr President!!!

  48. 214 Melanie
    May 21, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    For those that are interested….

    This should be good.@CoryBooker joins me for his first post-MTP interview, live at 9PM ET, MSNBC.— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) May 21, 2012

  49. 215 hopefruit2
    May 21, 2012 at 7:09 pm

  50. 223 amk for obama
    May 21, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    • 224 hopefruit2
      May 21, 2012 at 7:31 pm

      Obama is the road less traveled, unfortunately. Most of us will take the easier “Harold Ford” Street…

  51. 225 Dudette
    May 21, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    [Video accompanies article]

    NAACP President and CEO Ben Jealous on Monday became emotional as he spoke to reporters about his organization’s decision to support marriage rights for LGBT couples.

    “Our calling as an organization is to defend the U.S. Constitution,” Jealous told reporters during a press conference at the NAACP headquarters on Monday. “We are here to speak to matters of civil law and matters of civil rights.”

    The NAACP president added that he wasn’t worried about a backlash from religious members of NAACP over support for marriage equality.

    “I’ve spoken to many clergy who feel differently, different sides, different theologies, different doctrines. All are very clear that if this is a difference, it is a difference, not a division. If this is a contrast, it is a contrast, not a conflict.”

    “To a one, they understand that they are a well…,” he said, pausing as he choked up.

    “You have to excuse me,” Jealous explained, his voice trembling. “I’m a bit moved. My parents own marriage was against the law at the time and they had to return here to Baltimore after getting married in Washington, D.C. And the procession back was mistaken for a funeral procession because it was so quixotic to people to see all these cars with these headlights on, having to go from one city all the way to the next just so they could have a party after they got married in their own home. This is an important day…”

  52. 231 Liberal Librarian
    May 21, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    • 232 Dudette
      May 21, 2012 at 7:24 pm

      Welp, you knew that was coming.

    • 233 daisydem
      May 21, 2012 at 7:25 pm

      Well, there you go.

    • 235 Jessica
      May 21, 2012 at 7:30 pm

      The devil has reared it’s ugly head. Not only is this bad for Booker its bad for Dems. He was supposed to be one of our best.

      • 236 hopefruit2
        May 21, 2012 at 8:26 pm

        I don’t see it as bad for the Dems – this is just one person and many Democrats in NY and NJ have ties to Wall Street, including Chuck Schumer and Gillibrandt. The differences is that they don’t go around trashing the President and undermining his campaign. Like I said, the GOP obviously had dirt on Booker and blackmailed him. He could have honestly said, “I got campaign donations from Bain in 2002, but now I realize what Romney did was wrong.” Instead he cowardly decided to attack the President and let Romney off.

    • 237 Ceb
      May 21, 2012 at 8:29 pm

      Oops! There it is.

  53. May 21, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    And while Cory Booker is getting lots of press, the President’s foreign policy achievements are once again being overshadowed. This is all too suspect in its consistency. We the People are up against a lot of powerful influences.

  54. 240 Dudette
    May 21, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Yet another Republican attempt to undermine our diplomatic relations with China
    (sigh… why the heck is it taking so long for November to get here?)
    Rep. Ros-Lehtinen presses on jets in Taiwan

    WASHINGTON — A senior US lawmaker said Monday that she spoke to Taiwan’s leaders about the need to upgrade the island’s air force, after the House of Representatives voted to force the sale of new F-16s.

    Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, is leading a delegation of US House members to Taiwan and said she met Monday with President Ma Ying-jeou and the opposition.

    Ros-Lehtinen, a Republican and outspoken critic of China, said that she discussed Taiwan’s “growing need” for new F-16 fighter-jets. Beijing considers Taiwan, a self-governing democracy, to be a province awaiting reunification.

    “Taiwan’s military, and particularly its airpower, is in critical need of upgrades in order to maintain the balance in cross-strait relations,” Ros-Lehtinen said in a statement issued in Washington.

    “As Beijing steeply increases military spending and continues to pursue policies bullying American friends and allies near the Taiwan Strait and the South China Sea, it is dangerous for our nation’s interests and priorities in the region to allow Taiwan’s defense capabilities to decline,” she said.

    The Republican-led House of Representatives voted Friday to force President Barack Obama’s to sell Taiwan 66 new F-16 warplanes. The measure still needs approval by the Senate, where Obama’s Democratic Party holds the majority.

    The Barack Obama administration authorized a $5.85 billion upgrade of Taiwan’s existing fleet in September. But it held off on the sale of brand-new jets, in a decision widely seen as aimed at preserving cooperation with China on a host of other issues from trade to North Korea to Iran.

    China on Monday denounced the House vote on F-16s as “grave interference in China’s internal affairs.” China had also criticized the September deal, but many US analysts saw its reaction as muted due to the absence of new jets.

    The United States does not recognize Taiwan. But the island enjoys strong support in Congress, which under a 1979 law requires the administration to provide for the island’s self-defense.

  55. 241 hopefruit2
    May 21, 2012 at 7:35 pm

  56. 242 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    May 21, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    Perhaps he is capable of growth ….


  57. 244 Ladyhawke
    May 21, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    ROMNEY IS AFRAID TO DO REAL INTERVIEWS (w/o Ann) or PRESS CONFERENCES (w/o limiting number & scope of questions.)

    So instead he does friendly chats with right wing radio hosts and love ins with certain hosts on Fox. I can’t remember the last time he gave a real, full fledged press conference. Most of the time reporters have to yell questions at him on the rope line. But Mitt Romney loves to write op-eds and give canned speeches using a teleprompter. What’s he afraid of? He’s pulling a Palin. Using the press when they benefit him and shutting them out when he’d rather not be bother. He has disdain for the media and the voters.

    • 246 Cha
      May 21, 2012 at 8:01 pm

      Booker does NOT want to bite the hand that feeds him. He sure exposed in a spectacular way just where it’s coming from!

      There’s a Petition on the top of Google that says “STAND WITH CORY BOOKER..AMERICA NEEDS FREE ENTERPRISE”

      Soooooo…This was not about free freaking ENTERPRISE..

  58. 247 Cheryllou
    May 21, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Martin Bashir is filling in for Lawrence this week at 10:00PM. Please give him some love by watching, he’s pretty good at calling out the Republicans.

  59. 255 Dudette
    May 21, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Something else that was overlooked this weekend

    Obama touts $3B in pledges to help feed Africa

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday said the United States has a “moral imperative” to lead the fight against hunger and malnutrition in Africa despite shrinking national budgets around the world.

    Obama announced $3 billion in private sector pledges to help boost agriculture and food production in Africa. He said the U.S. and other donor nations would continue to make “historic investments” in development, though he offered no new American government pledges.

    “Some have asked in a time of austerity, whether this new alliance is just a way for governments to shift the burden on to somebody else,” Obama said of the private sector commitments. “I want to be clear, the answer is no.”

    Obama’s announcement in Washington kicked off four days of international summitry. World leaders are gathering at Camp David, the presidential retreat in the Maryland mountains, later in the day for a summit of the Group of Eight leading industrial nations. Obama heads to Chicago on Saturday evening for NATO meetings.

    While much of the G-8 meetings will focus on Europe’s mounting economic troubles, leaders will also hold a session on food security in Africa. Obama invited the heads of four African nation — Benin, Ethiopia, Ghana and Tanzania — to attend the meeting.

    Obama said that even as G-8 leaders dealt with Europe’s pressing fiscal challenges, he felt it was “also important, also critical, to focus on the urgent challenge that confronts some 1 billion men, women and children around the world: the injustice of chronic hunger.”

    The White House said the private sector pledges, along with commitments from donor countries to work with African nations on food security programs, could raise 50 million people out of poverty over the next 10 years…[more in the article]

    • 256 Cha
      May 21, 2012 at 8:03 pm

      Muchas Gracias, Dudette! He’s such an industrious Prez..thank goodness we have him for 4 MORE YEARS!

  60. 257 lisalovesobama
    May 21, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    re: Cory Booker and PBO

    I just got home and watched PBO’s presser. I was wondering who he was quoting when he said “quote this is not a distraction.” I had a feeling he was quoting Crooker and I thought to myself, not matter how much PBO thinks he’s a “great mayor,” PBO isn’t happy with Crooker cause whenever he’s quoting someone, he’s displeased by their statement. That to me was a dig at Crooker, the fact that PBO quoted him. I think we can safely say that there will be a great deal of sunlight between PBO, his campaign and Cory Booker. That dumbass. Serves him right.

  61. 258 virginia
    May 21, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    We should be prepared for the President to be smeared with Everything, ANY Democrat says from now on: the Rosen flap about non-working mothers, Biden, Harold Ford, Corey Booker, etc. Fortunately, he is perfectly capable of handling himself.

  62. 259 Liberal Librarian
    May 21, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    You know, when you’ve lost Katrina…

    • 260 Cha
      May 21, 2012 at 8:06 pm

      WOW, I was just thinking the same when i read your comment on Katrina, LL! I gotta thank her for getting this out there because those who use FEs would just as soon the rest of us lap it up!

    • 261 Dudette
      May 21, 2012 at 8:07 pm

      I know, right?

  63. 262 vitaminlover
    May 21, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    I love my President yes I do. I love my President and I’m voting for him too!!!!

    • 264 Liberal Librarian
      May 21, 2012 at 7:54 pm

      isn’t that what amk works on? When not searching for PBO’s birth certificate, of course.

  64. 270 Liberal Librarian
    May 21, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    How to turn yourself into a punchline in 10 seconds:

  65. 274 Dudette
    May 21, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha! I can’t stop laughing….
    Emails Show How Hawaii Stiffed Arizona Secretary Of State’s Birther Investigation

    One of the more amusing things revealed last week when Arizona’s secretary of state came out as birther curious was that Hawaii officials just simply don’t believe he’s qualified to investigate Barack Obama’s birth certificate.

    Sure, Ken Bennett says he’s the man in charge of deciding whether President Obama is eligible to be on Arizona’s ballot in November, but the response from people in Hawaii’s government has been: Prove it. In essence, they’re giving Bennett a taste of his own medicine, making him jump through a series of hoops to prove he has the legal authority to investigate the matter, much the same way the birthers have made Hawaii prove time and time again that the president is indeed a natural born citizen of the United States.

    On Monday, TPM filed a public records request for the correspondence between the Hawaii government and the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office. The results show Bennett and his staff grew ever more impatient with the slow pace of Hawaii’s response before the secretary finally took to a local conservative radio talk show on Thursday to voice his concerns.

    “Hello Jill. I just left you a brief voice mail message,” Arizona Deputy Secretary of State Jim Drake wrote in an email to a Hawaii attorney on May 1. “I am wondering whether you can give me a ballpark timeframe on our request. As you know, the closer we get to November, the more my phone rings. I believe that having Hawaii’s response on hand might help to quell the inquiries!”

    Deputy Attorney General Jill Nagamine’s response? “We need more information to substantiate that you are eligible to receive verification.”

    [more in the article]

  66. 276 cat48
    May 21, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    MittFlop is excited b/c they have Dems saying the president is wrong; but I just remembered he’s got Gingrich & Perry both criticizing him so it all evens out maybe. This makes me feel somewhat better.

  67. 277 lisalovesobama
    May 21, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    sometimes I really like Ed. Looks like he’s going after Mayor Ego in his first segment!!!!!!

  68. May 21, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    Crossroads, the other PAC by Rove, is going up with an 8 million dollar buy. Combined with GPS, 33 million in one week.
    Just tossing Monopoly money around!

  69. 283 PoliticalJunkessa
    May 21, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    The only thing dumber than Booker’s remarks are the *nauseating* attempts by Willard and GOP shills to use them to attack PBO. “Thank you Mr. Booker” this. “I agree with Cory Booker” that. They’re gonna be in for a world of hurt trying.

  70. 284 xtine
    May 21, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    Sense & Charisma = POTUS. Damn, I love this man!

    I am not a happy person w/ Mayor Booker’s idiocy in his role as surrogate. That’s why he was on MTP, not as Mayor Booker, but surrogate to the campaign. However, once I heard about today’s presser, I knew our POTUS would knock the knuckleheads out of the ballpark. Yes, they definitely need to put far better and more savvy surrogates up front. The good news: it happened now. The bad news: it took away from such an amazing few days of G8 and NATO. That should have been top of the news. We do have some really great surrogates: my Gov. O’Malley who has, BTW, an interesting Lt. Gov. (Anthony Brown).; Strickland has been on the ball, etc.. We can go on & on. Not to mention the non-politicos. That’s what is scaring the GOP. The self-inflicted Booker Mess will go away by “tomorrow.” I hear that there are a whole bunch of NY politocos going forth with the message tommorrow. Apologies if this has already been touched upon, just hitting the end of the thread and will work my way through.

    My thoughts: Booker gave them blunt darts. He succeeded in messing w/ his own career. His & Harold’s soundbites will only last for a couple of weeks at most. They are short-term pebbles in the road, not potholes or cliffs. Bottom line, Willard still has to explain why his tenure at Bain qualifies him to be President. And what about his one term in MA?

    • 285 amk for obama
      May 21, 2012 at 8:26 pm

      Yup. mittbot cannot hide behind cory booker just like he hides behind ann. Tweeted your last graf.

      • 286 xtine
        May 21, 2012 at 8:38 pm

        Thank you, amk! Push! We truly need to push all our Dems to cut that fake equivalency crap. It’s so last century! We are 2012, effing new political generation. Get over it, GOP! Your same old tactics just aren’t going to work. Period!

  71. 287 globalcitizenlinda
    May 21, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    President Obama is simply brillliant and very generous in his response about the role of bain in this election cycle. I do not know whether the members of the media understood what hit them given how thourough PBO was.

    PBO, you are simply the best!!!!

  72. 288 smoothscotch
    May 21, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    Booker is on Rachel right now. STANDING UP FOR PBO!!!!!!

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