Grannies rock

Woot! The Russian Grannies have reached the final of the Eurovision Song Contest 😕


Okay, back to business – Wednesday:

7:00 AM: PBO departs the White House

10:30: Arrives in Colorado Springs, Colorado

12:00: Delivers the commencement address at the United States Air Force Academy

3:30: Departs Colorado Springs en route Denver

4:00: Arrives in Denver

5:35: Delivers remarks at a campaign event

6:35: Departs Denver en route Mountain View, California

9:10: Arrives in Mountain View

10:20: Delivers remarks at a campaign event

Thursday: PBO attends a campaign event in Palo Alto, California. He will then travel to the Newton, Iowa, area to deliver remarks on the economy at an official event. Later, the President will attend a campaign event in Des Moines, Iowa, before returning to Washington, DC, in the evening.

Friday: The President will attend meetings at the White House.


Hiya everyone, sorry I wasn’t able to be around today, it all got a bit busy, but normal service will – I hope – resume tomorrow. Now, go click the Russian grannies’ video again.

PS PBO’s Irish friends Jedward are through to the final too 😎

(Why am I telling you this? I have no idea)

175 Responses to “Grannies rock”

  1. 1 Liberal Librarian
    May 22, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    I love the Eurovision contest. It’s craptacular!

  2. 3 vcprezofan2
    May 22, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    it’s me

    • 4 vcprezofan2
      May 22, 2012 at 8:16 pm

      Second again! Wonder if this is really trying to tell me something lasting? Congrats, LL!

      • 5 Liberal Librarian
        May 22, 2012 at 8:20 pm

        Thanks VC!

      • 6 theo67
        May 22, 2012 at 10:04 pm

        Don’t lose heart, VC. I gave up last week, and have had first place three times since then. Don’t give up! 🙂

        • 7 vcprezofan2
          May 23, 2012 at 8:38 am

          Timely words of encouragement – one of the things I love about my TOD siblings. Thanks Sis! [/whisper/ I’m actually banking on my long range plan which I hope to put in place by late summer. It seems folks with an i-pad and fast internet service get in quickly so I’m saving my pennies, especially since the country has decided to stop making them. ;). If all goes well I’ll probably even be able to buy a wall for all my anticipated awards. The thought alone of that is so uplifting! 😆 :lol:]

  3. May 22, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    Uhm…what? who the….? hmmmm…

  4. 11 vcprezofan2
    May 22, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Okay, what were the grannies singing about…cookies?

    • May 22, 2012 at 8:23 pm

      😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 I have no idea!!!!!!!!

      • 13 vcprezofan2
        May 22, 2012 at 8:29 pm

        And on which criterion did they win? Their number didn’t seem in any way special to me (the musically challenged one).

        • May 22, 2012 at 8:31 pm

          Ah, they didn’t win VC, they’re only through to the final at the weekend. Embarrassing confession: I LOVE the Grannies!

          • 15 Liberal Librarian
            May 22, 2012 at 8:37 pm

            Eurovision is the kitsch equivalent of the Champions League. And makes as much money, I think.

            • May 22, 2012 at 8:42 pm

              True! The laugh is that most (broke) European countries dread winning it now because it costs so bloody much to host – only oil-rich spots like Azerbaijan whoop and cheer when they’re victorious. Ireland won it in 92, 93, 94 and 96 – all that hosting almost bankrupt the place. Of course, the banks succeeded where the Eurovision failed a few years later.

              PS In a determined effort not to win, Ireland entered songs like this:

              Dustin the Turkey, I have to say, is my hero.

          • 18 vcprezofan2
            May 22, 2012 at 8:40 pm

            WHY? Just because?

            • May 22, 2012 at 8:44 pm

              I just think they’re joyous and lovely, gorgeous faces, beautiful costumes, ridiculously silly and catchy tune – fun, fun, fun!

              • 20 vcprezofan2
                May 22, 2012 at 8:48 pm

                Okay! I can’t argue with any of that. I did like the fact they looked like they were having fun, but I was waiting for them to swing into a dance routine.

              • May 22, 2012 at 9:02 pm

                OMG, WHAT WAS THAT??!!

                WHERE are the obligatory tattoos and the hair gel spikes? The neon bikes and eye shadow? And what’s that baking in the oven??????

  5. 22 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    May 22, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Just had to thank the good Mayor Booker for setting the optics so precisely on MTP 😀 😀 😀

    And many more 😉


  6. 23 joanshaw
    May 22, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Chipsticks, That was wonderful!

  7. May 22, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    Public Policy Polling, a Democratic firm, showed Walker five points ahead in a survey conducted May 11-13. We Ask America, a Republican one, gave Walker a nine-point lead on the 13th. Marquette Law School showed the governor six points ahead in polling done May 9-12.

    Barrett pollster Fred Yang told The Fix this week that internal campaign polling showed the race “neck and neck,” noting that the surveys being discussed in the media were conducted before the candidate’s recent ad offensive against Walker.

    Washington Post-

  8. 30 vcprezofan2
    May 22, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    Ahem, Ms Chips! On to a more SERIOUS subject – when are you having the award ceremony for today’s first place finishers? I wouldn’t want to miss the occasion. I’m not sure what plans you already have in place, but to ease your workload I even typed up the list for you

    Rise ‘n Shine – Ms VC
    The Gershwin Prize – Proudmemberofglobalzero
    Loris and Ampad – Roberta in MN
    Heads up: VP Biden -Theo67
    Backstage at Joplin – Drunken Irishman
    Grannies rock – Mr. LL

    • May 22, 2012 at 8:49 pm

      😆 I have a SERIOUS lot of catching up to do, apologies to all those who didn’t get their gifts 😳

      • 32 vcprezofan2
        May 22, 2012 at 8:59 pm

        Well, maybe you could you put all 6 awards in one post, like you do at the start of a thread, and save yourself having to answer to each of us individually. You have spoiled us, so you know what we are like when we don’t get acknowledged.

      • 33 vcprezofan2
        May 22, 2012 at 9:04 pm

        And given the personal pleasure we all enjoy when we get there first there’s no need for apologies. I can’t remember when you started the TOD awards tradition but it’s actually a lot of fun. No matter how much some of us gripe, we love it, so I hope it doesn’t become a burden for you, especially when you’ve been away.

        • 34 amk for obama
          May 22, 2012 at 9:15 pm

          At ta girl

        • 35 theo67
          May 22, 2012 at 10:08 pm

          Nice! It is a fun little competition. But I must admit, I get a thrill out of everyone else’s prizes, too, and feel rewarded each time for absolutely no effort… 🙂

          • 36 vcprezofan2
            May 23, 2012 at 8:31 am

            I hear you Theo & Amk, and while I also thoroughly enjoy everyone else’s prize, Chips Chica made it personal by attacking my manho.. …oops!…my womanhood, and thereby upping the ante pour moi! There is therefore no going back. [That’s the reason the Amk coalition got started too, right Amk?] 😉

            • 37 theo67
              May 23, 2012 at 12:19 pm

              You lost me at your coalition with amk, who has an ongoing “war on wimmin”, as charming as he may be at times.

              • 38 vcprezofan2
                May 23, 2012 at 12:25 pm

                O Amk was spouting off about wimin a couple of nights ago in fun so Dudette & JO’B put him on watch! 😉

  9. May 22, 2012 at 8:50 pm


    * The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has released a new poll showing the Massachusetts Senate race as a tie between Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) and Harvard Law Professor Elizabeth Warren

  10. May 22, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    LOVE Joe:

    • 41 Eleroy
      May 22, 2012 at 10:34 pm

      Joe Rocks!!!

      Watching Martin Bashir subbing for Lawrence and gotta ask, What the hell happened to Melissa Harris Perry!!!

      She used to be smart. Now she sucks and seems to be auditioning for one of those faux Democrat spots on FOX “news” where you show up just to agree with their right-wing anti-PBO, anti-Liberal talking points and point to how “both sides” do it!!!

      Tonight she throws V.P Biden under the bus dredging up some story about how anti-woman he is!!!

      Wow Melissa, just wow!!! I hope the pay is worth it!!!

      • May 22, 2012 at 10:47 pm

        As an African American academic, the Anita Hill hearings would have made an even more memorable impact on MHP than they made on me. I think that’s what she was referring to. I don’t recall Biden’s input at the time as much as I remember the behavior of that Arlen Specter and Orrin Hatch. I have a difficult time giving them the benefit-of-the-doubt regarding much of anything since that time.

        • May 22, 2012 at 11:10 pm

          Biden was head of the judiciary committee – 14 white men. He eventually voted against Thomas, but a lot of women of a certain age (me, about the same age as Hilary, and many others) were upset about the way Biden handled the committee — who he allowed to testify and who he didn’t. It was a long time ago and I hadn’t remembered Biden’s influence until I heart that comment by MHP today. As I mentioned, as an AA woman she was probably more deeply affected than I was, as a white woman — even though I was absolutely incensed!

          I found this about the situation from the 2007-8 election season: http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/08/23/biden-and-anita-hill-revisited/

          I suspect if Joe were to handle a similar task today he would handle much, much differently.

  11. May 22, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    KEENE, N.H. — The presidential campaign debate over Republican Mitt Romney’s tenure at a private equity firm is going down the drain.

    Vice President Joe Biden argued Tuesday that Romney’s experience doesn’t make him any more qualified to be president than it does to make him a plumber.

    “That doesn’t mean that private equity guys are bad guys — they’re not,” Biden said at New Hampshire’s Keene State College. “But that no more qualifies you to be president than being a plumber. And, by the way, there’re an awful lot of smart plumbers. All kidding aside, it’s not the same job requirement.”


    But but but Eddie Redell said to be nice and polite to the Republicans and…

    • 45 anniebella
      May 22, 2012 at 9:08 pm

      jovie141, just because Rendell, Booker, said what they said doesn’t mean a dam thing. The Obama campaign is trying to reach the American people, not the sorry ass pundits sitting on tv. Rendell or Booker are not running the Obama campaign. And if the Obama campaign need or want either of their advice they will call them. Just yesterday Rendell was speaking a whole different story, what happen overnight, who got to Rendell?

    • May 22, 2012 at 10:40 pm

      Ha! It took me a while to get the “going down the drain” reference…. long day……

  12. May 22, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    Obama Campaign launches LGBT for Obama Wednesday-


  13. May 22, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    By ALEXANDER BURNS | 5/22/12 5:10 PM EDT
    Maggie posted earlier on Romney senior adviser Stuart Stevens’s description of the Obama team’s Bain advertising as “performance art gibberish” — and Democrats are already brandishing the comment as an example of rhetorical callousness.

    Priorities USA Action strategies Bill Burton swung hard in a statement:

    Mitt Romney’s clear disdain for the middle-class men and women who lost everything while he made millions is reflective of his callous attitude towards Americans struggling to get by. Mocking the suffering Mitt Romney caused for Americans may elicit a chuckle at his campaign offices but the job of President requires concern for all Americans, not just the wealthy.

    • 51 jackiegrumbacher
      May 22, 2012 at 9:56 pm

      The statement by Stevens means the ads are hurting them. They’re hurling truly meaningless insults back at the Obama campaign because they’ve got nothing else to say. What do you think the average American thinks when he hears “performance art gibberish”? He thinks whoever said it has got to be an elitist snob,

      • 52 Betty's Girl
        May 22, 2012 at 10:21 pm

        I agree the Bain Ads are very damaging and they know it. I feel the President and his team have been highly effective on Mitt/Bain at this point. People are now questioning his exective experience and most believe it is okay to question Mitt on his Bain record.

        I know the President will stay steady and push the narrative he feels and believes in. Booker, Rendell, and anyone else is not important. If the President had listen to People like these two he would never made it past local Chicago politics.

      • May 22, 2012 at 10:56 pm

        I agree, jackie. I think that’s why we’ve such a strong push-back this week — by Republicans and by some Democrats who personally benefit.

        If it wasn’t having an effect, there would be no news about it. And this is just a few of the early shots in a long battle that PBO’s team has planned.

        BTW, as Rachel mentioned tonight, where is the news about a well-known and very high-level Romney supporter such as Sununu making a blunder and saying Romney’s Bain record is a legitimate issue?

  14. May 22, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    First lady Michelle Obama plans to host a “State Dinner” in the White House this summer for 56 winners of a healthy recipe contest. The contest, announced Monday, represents a combined effort by the Obama’s Let’s Move! anti-obesity initiative, the Departments of Education and Agriculture, and online recipe site Epicurious.

    “We all want to ensure that our kids are eating nutritious, delicious food at every meal, and as a mom I know that parents are always looking for new ideas to make that happen,” Obama said in a statement on the Let’s Move! blog. “With parents and kids all across the country getting creative in the kitchen, I know we’ll find healthy meals that every family will enjoy. And I can’t wait to try the kids’ creations myself.”


    Good stuff.

  15. 56 prettyfoot58
    May 22, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    RM…is rocking it tonight…very important segment….Axlerod is about to speak…

  16. 57 Ladyhawke
    May 22, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Rachel Maddows opening segment is about the Karl Rove pack of lies new ad. She will be interviewing David Axelrod. Essentially, the Republicans Party knows they can’t run against the real President Barack Obama so they are trying to create the President Barack Obama they would rather run against. As usual, the thread that runs through everything the Republicans do is “DISHONESTY”.

  17. 62 amk for obama
    May 22, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    It’s been widely noted that Cory Booker raised big cash from private equity and other financial services companies. Since leaving office, Harold Ford has worked for Bank of America and Morgan Stanley. Ex-auto czar Steven Rattner actually founded a private equity firm and ended up in legal hot water for his finance activities. So when these guys chastise the Obama campaign, it’s not as if they’re speaking from an unbiased perspective.


    Now you know why these fuckers are ‘nauseated’.

  18. 63 Liberal Librarian
    May 22, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    How to shut up a Kochster:

    • 64 Cha
      May 22, 2012 at 9:38 pm

      I don’t use any of their damn products.

      • 65 jackiegrumbacher
        May 22, 2012 at 9:59 pm

        Neither do I. All you have to do is avoid anything with Georgia Pacific on it. I read all labels on every paper product I buy.

        • 66 nathkatun7
          May 23, 2012 at 1:50 am

          Thank you Jackie, now I know what look for, I’ve already been avoiding some of the familiar Koch products. Besides, I am not sure what RB @Csensewatchdog was trying to say. That we should all shut up because we may unknowingly be using Koch products? As far as I am concerned, I am with LL! The fact that I may be using Koch products does not mean I should shut up when it comes to challenging the Koch brothers insane and destructive politics. Yes, unfortunately, I still buy gas from oil companies but I want the government to stop subsidizing them.

    • 67 Cha
      May 22, 2012 at 9:39 pm

      And, that’s a stupid thing for that idiot to tweet.

      • 68 Liberal Librarian
        May 22, 2012 at 9:41 pm

        yeah, and he shut up after that. The point is, we all use some product from a company whose politics we may not like. Just the nature of our society. Doesn’t mean we should bow in gratefulness and let them be our feudal overlords. Really stupid comment on his part.

  19. 70 amk for obama
    May 22, 2012 at 9:24 pm

  20. 71 LOL
    May 22, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    In the words of Chris Matthews Ha!
    Romney total votes in KY: 117K
    Obama total votes in KY: 119K

    With 99.4% of the votes in.

    Obviously because they are children moonlighting on adults the MSM will talk about uncommited getting 42% of the votes. The story is the president in KENTUCKY is beating Romney. But the Teabaggers are enthused? please.

  21. May 22, 2012 at 9:28 pm

  22. 74 amk for obama
    May 22, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    Go ThinkProgress

  23. 75 amk for obama
    May 22, 2012 at 9:37 pm

  24. 76 amk for obama
    May 22, 2012 at 9:42 pm

  25. 77 amk for obama
    May 22, 2012 at 9:46 pm


    • May 22, 2012 at 11:25 pm

      The Christianist Right — worship their religion (a form of idolatry) rather than the Godness the religion represents. Re-ligion = re-legio = re-bonding (like a ligature almost – as the Hindu yoga = re-yoking). Religion is a re-connection with ultimate reality beyond the five senses, it is meta-physical, beyond the physical, the Ultimate Reality. I can’t remember who said, “The map is not the territory.” (Gregory Bateson?) The map represents a territory, but it itself is not the territory it represents. Christianists worship their own version of Christianity. They worship their own CONCEPTS about that ultimate reality and have lost any sense of what that ultimate reality is. Religion, in a sense, is a bridge to the ultimate reality. And Christianists worship the Christian bridge to that reality, rather than the underlying reality itself.

      If it not of love, it is not of that ultimate realitly.

  26. 79 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    May 22, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Yep, #BainMitt really knows how to build enthusiasm …


    • May 22, 2012 at 9:51 pm

      Here is the updates on the Arkansas primary, where their was a poll last week showing the President losing(operation chaos)-


      • 81 hopefruit2
        May 22, 2012 at 10:01 pm

        PBO couldn’t care less about winning in Arkansas. That’s for Willard to worry about, and right now he can’t even top 70% in RedState Kentucky with all the other GOP candidates out of the race!!

        • 82 Eleroy
          May 22, 2012 at 10:21 pm

          Strange that the so-called master politician Bill Clinton has been unwilling(?), unable(?) to rally support for his only Democratic presidential successor in his home state of arkansas!!!

          It would help if he at the very least put a muzzle on his boy Mark Pryor who continues to publicly denigrate and attack President even worse than republicans in Arkansas!!!

          We can all pretend not to notice, but something is seriously wrong with this picture!!!

        • 83 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
          May 23, 2012 at 1:38 am

          Roger, hf!


      • 84 amk for obama
        May 22, 2012 at 10:04 pm

        What are talking about jovie ? Obama is @ 58% with 14% in.

        • May 22, 2012 at 10:11 pm

          Chill dude…

          I am just telling you, the righties are all watching this race, as their was a poll last week that had this Guy beating the President.
          Don’t kill the messenger dude! LOL!

          • 86 amk for obama
            May 22, 2012 at 10:16 pm

            You said Obama is losing. Wrong message=Kill the messenger. 🙂

          • 89 hopefruit2
            May 22, 2012 at 10:17 pm

            No, but why are the righties so concerned about Obama in a Red state, when Willard can’t even crack 70% among the Repubs?!?!

            • May 22, 2012 at 10:34 pm

              Because, Rove and Gilespie are pushing the meme that Democrats are splintered.
              Maybe in the Beltway and some Coal States and places like Arkansas where they can cause havoc because of open primary! However, all that is meaningless!

          • 91 mb32
            May 22, 2012 at 11:30 pm

            You’re right about that poll. My mom told me about it last weekend and she was worried fellow Arkansans would show themselves to be a bunch of stupid @sses. I told her they couldn’t get lower than WV voting for a convicted felon currently doing time and that it just proved some of the worst stereotypes about the state. A shame because there are some good folks down there…

            • 92 Sharon
              May 22, 2012 at 11:57 pm

              Funny thing about the results in the link referenced above is they had Obama ahead with 59% in winning with 59% to 41%. Then at 61% he is ahead 59% to “51%”–someone can’t add. Then at 71% they declare Obama the winner with 58.7% to “51%” with a note that is a striking result. Certainly so because someone can’t add.

      • 94 nathkatun7
        May 23, 2012 at 2:14 am

        What’s wrong with the AR maths? How can the Pres. be getting 58% and the so called challenger be getting 51%? That adds up to 109%. Something is fishy here. Besides, who cares? The majority of those racists in Arkansas will probably never vote for the President. It is not about his policies; it’s all about his race. The South desperately needs science education to be able to transcend their obsession with the false category of race. I suppose the majority of Southern whites could also benefit from true Christianity which recognizes and promotes human brotherhood/sisterhood. Sometimes I wonder what these racist, so called Christians, would do if, at the end of the world, the resurrected Jesus turned out to look like a black person or a middle eastern/Arab person. I am sure they would be in line to kill him again.

  27. 95 amk for obama
    May 22, 2012 at 9:54 pm

  28. 96 amk for obama
    May 22, 2012 at 9:55 pm

  29. May 22, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    The “irreversible” agreement announced on Monday by the United States and its NATO allies to withdraw military forces from Afghanistan by 2014 marks a clear turning point in a protracted war that most Americans had soured on long ago.

    The action is predictable, coming just weeks after President Obama’s May 1 speech in which he announced the U.S. pullout. But it was also necessary. By getting an explicit and public buy-in from NATO countries, some of which are even more eager to get out, he has put Afghanistan on notice that there is no turning back. There’s no mystery about why.

    • Costs. The war has lasted more than 10 years. Most estimates of the total costs to the U.S. Treasury are around $500 billion or more. When the war began, the United States had budget surpluses. Now it has budget deficits that must be dealt with by cutting costs.


  30. 98 vcprezofan2
    May 22, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Good Night All! These eyes have mine have had enough and won’t be propped up any longer. Sweet Dreams!

  31. 101 hopefruit2
    May 22, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Martin is filling in for Lawrence again 🙂

  32. 103 hopefruit2
    May 22, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    HAHAHAHA! Here’s a catchy ballad from Mitt’s dog, Seamus (last verse features PBO, FLOTUS, Clooney and Sean Penn 🙂 )


  33. 105 amk for obama
    May 22, 2012 at 10:14 pm
  34. 106 Me4obama
    May 22, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    Krystal Ball is so smart & beautiful. There is no topic she discusses & not leave me in owe. She is a real democrat surrogate.

  35. May 22, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    I wanted to check in tonight to say that I am feeling incredibly positive over the past couple of days. I know that there has been a lot of back and forth on cable news about the pathetic Dems who keep trying to line their pockets instead of supporting the message of fairness that the Obama campaign is putting out there. But I wanted to share a couple of items that will contextualize the current fake controversy. Things are looking really good for the campaign overall. From my friends at the campaign, I hear that grassroots volunteers are signing up in greater numbers and I anticipate that this will accelerate over the course of the summer. I also hear that there will be even more technological innovations rolled out in the coming weeks that will assist in increasing the pool of new small donors. This is going to be crucial this Fall. Finally more Americans know the words “Bain Capital” than ever before and that is an excellent thing for the campaign. This has provided more free advertising than anyone could have anticipated. Folks are looking up Bain Capital online and coming upon articles and videos featuring everyone from Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry talking about “vulture capitalism.” It’s really terrific.

    I am not in any way trying to be pollyannish or overlooking the challenges that this election will bring. But I wanted to share some of the positive news taking place and encourage everyone to keep spreading light out in the world. My mom always says that “God doesn’t like ugly” and the Republican smear machine is definitely ugly. I hope that you all have a terrific night. Peace to you.

    P.S. I just sent an e-mail to a couple of friends at Obama HQ imploring them to get Krystal Ball on the payroll as an official surrogate for this campaign. Honestly, I just don’t see anyone better than her out there articulating the key accomplishments of the President and pointing out the GOPs limitations. It would really help if folks here might also e-mail the campaign and Tweet Axelrod, Messina, et. al. to push for officially bringing Krystal Ball onboard 🙂

    • 112 Walking_on_ Sunshine
      May 22, 2012 at 10:50 pm

      Tweet Axelrod

    • 114 Liberal Librarian
      May 22, 2012 at 10:52 pm

      Good idea on the Tweeting. I’ll be on it!

    • 115 Ladyhawke
      May 22, 2012 at 11:11 pm


      Republicans are desperate to declare Obama’s attacks on Mitt’s business background off-limits. But in the life of Romney, vulture capitalism is an inescapable theme

      By Bob Shrum


      There’s a (literally) rich vein to mine in Romney’s record at Bain. But it’s just the beginning of the narrative arc because the Obama campaign will move from the vulture capitalism of his private endeavors to his failures as a public official and the unfairness of his far-right agenda.

      Thus the financial manipulator who decimated jobs in the private sector was a governor whose policies left his state 47th in job creation.

      The takeover artist who slashed health benefits for workers would end Medicare as we know it, subject seniors to the harsh mercies of insurance companies, and raise their costs by approximately $6,500 a year.

      The mega-millionaire with his offshore bank accounts would slash taxes for the very wealthy, and everything from education to food safety for the middle class.



      • 116 nathkatun7
        May 23, 2012 at 2:35 am

        Thanks for sharing this! Bob Shrum is one the best political minds. I always learn something reading his commentaries.

    • 117 PoliticalJunkessa
      May 22, 2012 at 11:50 pm

      Thanks for checking in — that was good reading. I’m feeling as optimistic as you are, and I’ve long believed that PBO and Team play the long game and that this will be another splendid campaign full of lots of pleasant surprises. Nice to hear your take on it.

      I agree wholeheartedly re: Krystal Ball. Her name is funny, but she is all business. I believe she ran for office somewhere here in Virginia. She’s the real deal and definitely needs to be a spokesperson for the campaign. Enough of the mealy-mouths and “confused” surrogates. Let’s get real pros out there.

  36. 119 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    May 22, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    My first click on the Obama Diary today and I am greeted by the Russian grannies. They even have baked goods. I’m loving the Russian grannies!

    There really is NOTHING to compare with the Eurovision Song Contest 😉

  37. 122 vitaminlover
    May 22, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    Thinking about President Obama who was raised by a single mother and his loving grandparents and had to live in some exotic places at times. He has seen sadness and tragedies in his young life. He lost his mother and father and granparents. Yet he met a wonderful woman in Michelle Robinson and went on to father 2 precious daughters and has a family life that is admirable and to be envied. Also Vice-President Biden lost his first wife and a child through tragedy yet went on to find a wonderful woman in Jill. They are blessed withe 3 lovely adult children. All that said to say this. They are 2 bright lights in the White House and will be for 4 more years. They had the courage to continue on in life and make great sucesses of themselves. They are kind, genuine and loving men and husbands and fathers. I am so proud to be able to vote for them in a few months and watch them get re-elected. They are a joy to watch and their demeanor is extremely admirable. I love our First and Second Families and will continue to pray for them. God is guiding and guarding and protecting them for these times. They are here for a reason and it will be accomplished.

    • 123 mtmarilyn
      May 23, 2012 at 12:33 am

      You have said this so beautifully!!! I agree with everything you said!!!!!!!!!

    • 125 nathkatun7
      May 23, 2012 at 2:53 am

      Thank you so much for this beautiful comment, Vitaminlover ! I think this country is blessed to have these two intelligent, honest, courageous, and caring leaders. They also managed to marry spouses who are intelligent, caring and accomplished in their own right. Like you, I am so proud of “our First and Second Families.” I am also grateful that I was able to witness two brilliant leaders with so much integrity, both in their public and private lives, in my lifetime.

  38. 127 desertflower
    May 22, 2012 at 11:45 pm


    It may be controversial to say, but I think that if you believe that a woman and her doctor are the ONLY people that need to decide what choices should be made during healthcare issues, and I think most of us feel that way….maybe we should “boycott” hospitals that want to make those choices and decisions for us. Just saying. Maybe if they found themselves with less patients and less revenue, they would get a clue.

  39. May 22, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    I love the concept of painting Romney as the Corporate Buyout Specialist who wants to buy the election, load the country up with debt, sell off our assets (public land, leases, commodities, resources, etc.), make all his friends rich, loot our pension fund (Social Security) and the leave the country bankrupt. That’s his business model.

    • May 23, 2012 at 12:10 am

      The only problem is, we are finding out that a lot of Democrats are just like Robney.
      Flushing them out of the woodworks.
      This is Bains answer to the criticism, to call in their markers for the donations they gave to Democrats.
      See below article!

  40. May 23, 2012 at 12:04 am


    Interesting short video about Cory Booker by Josh Marshall on TPM.

    It reminds me of an old saying by James Allen, “Circumstances don’t make the man, they reveal him.”

    Booker’s sabotaging PBO on MTP on Sunday revealed a great deal about Cory Booker.

  41. May 23, 2012 at 12:04 am


    Some influential Democrats on and off Capitol Hill are refusing to give President Obama political cover for his attacks on Mitt Romney’s record at Bain Capital. 

    Despite pushback from more than a half-dozen Democrats, the Obama campaign on Tuesday defended how it has scrutinized Romney’s business background.

    Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), a widely respected member of Congress, stopped short of criticizing the president, but made it clear that the campaign should pivot.

    “It’s done,” she said. “Go on to other things now.”


    And Chris Coons if Delaware, too. Amazing! All the Cirporate Democrats coming out now fir all to see. Remember these fuckers. Don’t ever have their backs.
    Fucking Congressional Democrats are a Joke.
    At least Harry had the Presidents Back!
    Ooooo, I am mad. Time for a milkshake!

  42. May 23, 2012 at 12:46 am

    I don’t know, I think the President knows what he’s doing. AND this is hardly the first time prominent Dems tried to tell him how to run his campaign. They did the same thing in ’08. Turns out he was right and they were wrong. But they’re all ducking for cover…leaving him out there alone, which appears to be fine with him. They aren’t running against Romney; he is. They need to focus on their own opponents and stop worrying about the President’s.

  43. 148 desertflower
    May 23, 2012 at 1:12 am

    Oh thank goodness that the SOS from AZ can FINALLY sleep tonight, knowing that the President was actually born in Hawaii!!!!!!!!!!!!!! No shit, Sherlock!! Wonder if he’ll call the jackwagon sheriff Arpiao and his gang back from the taxpayer funded excursion to Hawaii to sniff out the “truth” about PBO’s birth certificate? I detest these morons. Just out of curiosity, I’ve always wondered why, if they DON’T think he was born in Hawaii, and born in Kenya, THEN WHY THE HELL ARE THEY ALWAYS IN HAWAII AND NOT KENYA LOOKING FOR THEIR HOLY GRAIL????
    They are such idiots….or they think WE are!

      • 150 amk for obama
        May 23, 2012 at 3:33 am

        Fucking racist assholes, all.

      • 151 nathkatun7
        May 23, 2012 at 3:37 am

        Desertflower you have every reason to get mad at these imbeciles! I doubt that the “birthers” will ever give up. Their whole world view was turned upside down because they never imagined that a person who was not 100% certified caucasian would ever be elected President of the United States. Just wait, if President Obama is re-elected, as I am sure he will, I guarantee you that these “birthers” will explode causing chaos for a few days, may be months. We have not heard the last of the “birther” movement. Some of us who are older remember how long it took segregationists to cease their opposition, including violent opposition, to racial integration.

        • 152 anniebella
          May 23, 2012 at 4:44 am

          I am so glad to see that this birther issue is not about where the President was born, but by what his skin color is. We in the black community knew it all along.

          • 153 anniebella
            May 23, 2012 at 6:19 am

            The President is about to get on the road again, let’s all pray for his safety, and success. And I always have to add in there to pray for the welfare and safety of the First Lady and the girls.

            • 154 elo4obama/biden
              May 23, 2012 at 6:26 am

              Good morning Ammiebella and TOD family. Yes in deed, I always hold a special prayer for this man and his family. Let’s pray for our country and to change the hearts of many in this crazy world! Let the slow learners and or mean spirited bigots, crooks, liars and racists not stand in our way. FORWARD…:smile:

  44. 157 globalcitizenlinda
    May 23, 2012 at 6:39 am

    I think we need to

    (i) send Team Obama a message to KEEP UP with the Bain/Mitt exposure and not be detered by any of this hand wringing from the rich punditry and corrupt dems who have received money from bain too

    (ii) continue to openly challeng those Dems who have received money from Bain and are now trying to back-stab PBO telling him to stop his exposure of mitt the vulture capitalist and bullying liar. who are these so far rendell, feinsten

    • 158 Bill
      May 23, 2012 at 6:52 am

      The Wikipedia entry for Ed Rendell says he is associated with two different investment boutiques. Harold Ford, Jr. works for the major investment bank, Morgan Stanley, the lead underwriter for Facebook. These associations are rarely mentioned.

  45. 159 prettyfoot58
    May 23, 2012 at 6:41 am

    Goooooooooood Morning,,,,TOD….


    • 160 elo4obama/biden
      May 23, 2012 at 7:06 am

      Good morning to all early birds! Yes Bain is front and center since it speaks to sooooo much of what’s wrong with a corrupted style of capitalism and it’s bad for our economy- short sightedness, immediate profit to the exclusion of long term stability. Romney and Bain duped many non- Bain investors. They went in a plundered the resources of companies for their money, and equity. Really this is NOT going away, no matter how much some dems and repubs wish it would. It’s at the heart of this decision to be made and repubs in the primaries knew this!

      it’s a layered cake cause Bain, then hammer hard on hidden assets, and dubious tax return, then his undeniable flip flopping. Expose the man with no core, and maybe he will stop this insessant(sp) running for the presidency. Poor fool- many knew to sit this one out, but Romney really thinks it’s HIS turn?

  46. May 23, 2012 at 6:57 am

    Well, well, well…, Rattner, Rendell and Harold Ford ate now all omboard and are going after Robney on Jobs at Bain.
    In fact, Rattner wrote a scathing op Ed about Bain an Robney.
    That is my Boy, Axelrod behind the scenes kicking ass.
    I can just hear Him now…

    • 162 elo4obama/biden
      May 23, 2012 at 7:13 am

      Good morning Jovie141 🙂 Sad too cause he should not have had to kick ass on this one. After 2008, a fully exposed falling middle class, wage in equality, jobs being shipping overseas and greedy corporate ethics what the heck democratic poliician past, present or future wants to be seen as coddling vulture capitalists disguised as our average run of the meal greedy capitalist!

    • 164 COS
      May 23, 2012 at 7:45 am

      Good morning Jovie and friends. I am listening to Bill Press and he is really criticizing Rendell, Ford, Booker and don’t forget Feinstein about being disloyal to PBO while we are fighting to win this election. Kudos to him this morning.

  47. May 23, 2012 at 7:02 am

    So does it mean that I am totally and utterly uncool because I really liked the Russian Grannies. I like grannies!

  48. May 23, 2012 at 7:05 am

    But, Chuck Todd gloom and Doom for His Poll on the President being up 4! LOL!

  49. 168 proudmemberofglobalzero
    May 23, 2012 at 7:05 am

    Good Morning all. I just want to say one last thing about Corey Bookergate. I do not know him. He seemed like a good guy. What really makes me mad is that two very important things happened the same time as Corey Bookers interview. NATO!! NATO meeting to end a Decades long war in Afghanistan, allies funding to Afghanistan to train Afghanistan forces and, my biggest issue, Nuclear Proliferation. Iran is agreeing to visits from international inspectors.

    WE have heard nothing about this on the news. It is all about Corey Booker. The left and right are NOT bringing up these issue. It is all about Dems that won’t go against Bain. This is why our American electorate is so uninformed.

    Off to work so, keep it going!
    Peace and love,

    • 169 amk for obama
      May 23, 2012 at 8:01 am

      Not only afghan issue and iran. He also convinced the europeans to forego “only austerity” and adapt growth plans. His international influence is being deliberately ignored by the third rate american msm.

    • 170 globalcitizenlinda
      May 23, 2012 at 9:00 am

      the diversion from PBO’s message to these corrupt dems is nauseating!

  50. May 23, 2012 at 7:21 am

    Bill Richardson coming up on Morning Joe. He Usually is a great surrogate for the President.

  51. May 23, 2012 at 7:34 am

    Colin Powell coming up on Morning Jerk!

    • 173 hopefruit2
      May 23, 2012 at 7:49 am

      He has a book to peddle, so he will say whatever they want to hear. Just keep that in mind. Perhaps he might surprise us if he has an ounce of integrity left, but I’m not holding my breath.

      • May 23, 2012 at 10:16 am

        And he needs to sell his book primarily to Republicans. Democrats are interested in Powell’s whitewashing of Bush administration history or justifying his own decision therein.

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