Colorado Springs Commencement

President Barack Obama gives a boy a high five upon his arrival in Colorado Springs


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President Obama salutes as he arrives to deliver commencement address at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs

…. with Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton A. Schwartz

President Obama receives a painting of Air Force One from the US Air Force class of 2012 during their graduation ceremony at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs

272 Responses to “Colorado Springs Commencement”

  1. 1 Proud Former White House Intern
    May 23, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Air force rocks!

  2. 9 mtmarilyn
    May 23, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Can’t wait to hear his inspirational speech!

  3. 10 vcprezofan2
    May 23, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Too late. Sigh!

  4. 15 amk for obama
    May 23, 2012 at 11:41 am

  5. May 23, 2012 at 11:43 am

    • May 23, 2012 at 12:07 pm

  6. 18 amk for obama
    May 23, 2012 at 11:44 am

  7. 25 Me4obama
    May 23, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Anyone attacking Daval Patrick should see the whole interview. He said exactly what PBO said. He praised Bain Capital as a company & attacked Romney tenure as a venture capitalist & his record during his term as Gov of MA

    • 26 amk for obama
      May 23, 2012 at 11:51 am

      Thanks Me4o. Glad that he is not another cory.

    • 27 vcprezofan2
      May 23, 2012 at 12:09 pm

      Thanks, Me4O (long time no see; Hi!), this reminded me of a thought I had yesterday and mulled on overnight. I’d like TODville to help me brainstorm a list of Dems who regularly do the right thing so that we can take a little time to pat them on the back. IMO we expend so much passion and energy on the ones that mess up that they end with a whole lot of attention and the others get overlooked.

      These are the names I came up with though I know they have got to be many others. I’m calling them #BigPictureDems because they see the big picture ow what the Admin needs to do to win and they publicly avoid being an obstacle in the way.

      My overnight list =


      Gov. Deval Patrick – Mass
      Gov. …… O’Malley – MD
      —- Krystal Ball – ?
      PS Jay Carney – WH

      Then I got stuck. Would you please add as you think of them? I’m going to put them on a list, then do a little research prior to giving them a word of praise WITH YOUR HELP on ‘the Twitter’. No reason why heading towards Nov. the ‘bad guys’ should get all the attention. VC

    • 32 terim
      May 23, 2012 at 12:32 pm

      Thanks. I’ll correct some of my tweets!

    • 33 PoliticalJunkessa
      May 23, 2012 at 12:51 pm

      Yeah, when I read those posts, I knew I would have to see the interview for myself. Deval Patrick has always been on message any time I’ve seen him, and he is one of PBO’s fiercest supporters. Thanks for the confirm, Me4obama.

    • 35 overseasgranny
      May 23, 2012 at 2:02 pm

      Gee, I wish there was more Dems Abroad could do, although I donate and do make calls closer to the election. President Obama’s gr-grandfather’s [hope that is correct] house in Moneygall was opened today as a tourist center and will be open for at least the next 12 months. Euro is crashing today, but for those of us getting paid in US$, that news is not all that bad. Oil is falling fast as well. and gold.

  8. 36 amk for obama
    May 23, 2012 at 11:53 am
  9. 37 Liberal Librarian
    May 23, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Just blocked the troll from yesterday. Really don’t have time today to argue with blockheads.

    • May 23, 2012 at 11:58 am

      Yes, block!! I don’t ever respond to RWNJ trolls on twitter. They’re a total waste of time and many are paid to be idiots on twitter.

      • 39 a4alice
        May 23, 2012 at 12:57 pm

        Me neither LL I don’t have the time of day for these people. We all have more important things to be doing. Like re-electing PBO 🙂

        • 40 0388jojothecat
          May 23, 2012 at 3:18 pm

          I was visiting my brother and sister-in-law yesterday, my niece was going away on an overnight trip for the first time. Anyway, they are buying a used iPhone 4 and I turned it on ( I know my brother was using it last) and the EIB Rush Limpballs website came up and when I tried to get out of there, Drudge’s website. I know my sister-in-law is an Obama supporter (quietly) but my brother and I always get into arguments when he spouts the RWTP’s. Now it is confirmed, my brother is a “teabagger”. He has nothing good to say about PBO and Democrats. He changed his voting from DEM to Independent but he is really a Republican but ashamed to wear it like a badge of honor. This man who is a “Christian” believes the RW crap.

          • 41 anniebella
            May 23, 2012 at 5:25 pm

            0388jojothecat, I mean no disrespect to you, but your brother says he is a christian, really? I say I am a size 8, but that doesn’t make me one.

            • 42 0388jojothecat
              May 23, 2012 at 8:58 pm

              Hi anniebella, no disrespect taken. He is a much better man than our father was…a good husband and father, but I don’t know why he can’t relate to PBO. They have similar backgrounds, we were abandoned by our dad, raised by grandparents, worked hard, government loans for college, worked, but he just doesn’t get what the repugs are all about. His daughter’s school has lost good teachers, cut back on music, etc., but he wants to vote for people who will get rid of public education.

  10. 43 amk for obama
    May 23, 2012 at 11:57 am

    One time exemption modo read on men in white and other such ridiculous costume wage war on women.


  11. 44 amk for obama
    May 23, 2012 at 11:59 am

  12. 46 amk for obama
    May 23, 2012 at 12:02 pm

  13. 47 amk for obama
    May 23, 2012 at 12:06 pm
  14. 49 amk for obama
    May 23, 2012 at 12:07 pm
  15. 51 amk for obama
    May 23, 2012 at 12:07 pm

  16. 52 amk for obama
    May 23, 2012 at 12:09 pm

  17. May 23, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Is anyone getting sound from the livestreams?

  18. 58 Ladyhawke
    May 23, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    VIDEO: Colin Powell on Romney’s NeoCon Advisors.mpg


  19. 63 Jessica
    May 23, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    The Air Force Academy is the bomb. Best Academy and best branch in the US Military.

  20. 68 amk for obama
    May 23, 2012 at 12:13 pm

  21. 69 amk for obama
    May 23, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    And with that my twitter streak for the day is over. Gunnite folks.

  22. 74 xtine
    May 23, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    I just want to high-five that little boy! Cuteness for President Obama!

  23. 76 Ladyhawke
    May 23, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    LIES, AND THE LYING LIARS WHO TELL THEM (Cory Booker gets breathless coverage, Roves lies get a shrug.)

    The new, strikingly dishonest ad from Crossroads GPS

    By Jamelle Bouie


    Of course, I don’t expect a Republican super PAC to do anything different; they’re in it to win it. But I am surprised the Times would run such a positive piece on the ad and its creators, and forgo any attempt to evaluate the claims made by Crossroads GPS. Unfortunately, when it comes to coverage of Mitt Romney’s campaign for the White House, this is par for th course. The Republican nominee is running on a series of unsubstantiated or easily debunked claims: that he is responsible for 100,000 new jobs at Bain, that there has been net job loss under Obama’s policies, that the stimulus failed, that his policies would reduce the debt (the opposite is true), and that the Affordable Care Act was a “government takeover” of health care.

    It’s not hard to find an independent evaluation of each claim, and yet, it’s rare that news outlets challenge the Romney campaign — or Republicans in general — on any it. The GOP is running the most mendacious presidential campaign in recent memory, and the collective response has been a shrug.



  24. 77 Liberal Librarian
    May 23, 2012 at 12:36 pm

  25. 80 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    May 23, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    It’ll fit on a postit note and its all true …


  26. 81 xtine
    May 23, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    Tut-tut, Piers!

    “Jeremy Paxman said Piers Morgan told him how to hack a phone at a Trinity Mirror lunch in 2002.”


  27. 84 Bill
    May 23, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    With all the important things that are happening HP is featuring two articles on Bristol Palin under their “Politics” section. And we wonder why our electorate is the way it is.

    • 85 daisydem
      May 23, 2012 at 1:02 pm

      Before the campaign for the election in 2008 began, when I tried to get any real news, all I could find was stories on Britney Spears (and I did not even really know who she was) … then the campaign and Palin, Palin, Palin and that is all we have heard for the last four years. I am so sick of it. Plus, it feels like this last 3 years have been a campaign instead of a Presidency. He has done so much but it it like we have had to campaign during all of it. I just would like to enjoy the time of this President and the hope I feel in me. I am glad CNN is in a freefall. I wish we could do something to annihilate FOX.

      • 86 theo67
        May 23, 2012 at 3:41 pm

        Everything President Obama does is labeled as “campaigning”. I wonder what excuse they’ll give in President Obama’s second term when he has won his last campaign?

  28. May 23, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Cable cut him off?
    I put on cspan.

  29. 88 Ladyhawke
    May 23, 2012 at 12:51 pm


    This is what real leadership looks like. This speech is so powerful. President Obama just said never bet against the United States. We are the indispensable nation in world affairs.

  30. 89 Andy46
    May 23, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Afternoon TOD

    was just on Tvbythenumbers site and it appears Mrs O will be on the Daily Show May 29th,


    p.s Morning Joe ratings are in the tank lol 331,000 viewers on Monday, and CNN is in a free fall.

    • 90 Bill
      May 23, 2012 at 12:58 pm

      PBO supporters are turning away from Morning Joe and right wingers have never watched him. What is his remaining demographic?

      • 91 Andy46
        May 23, 2012 at 1:03 pm

        35 – 64

      • 92 COS
        May 23, 2012 at 1:07 pm

        Bill you are correct. I hear a lot of callers call into the Bill Press and Stephanie Miller shows and say that they are happy that they have an alternative so that they no longer have to watch Morning joke.

      • 93 0388jojothecat
        May 23, 2012 at 3:52 pm

        They’re watching Current TV,,,,,Al Gore is a genius. After he got rid of KO, he put Bill Press AND Stephanie Miller on in the morning, so they are simulaneously on the radio and being broadcast on Current teevee. I don’t get Current but I can listen to them both in the morning.

        Hey Everyone: “iHeart Radio” app and on your computer, you can listen to Bill Press, Stephanie Miller, and Randi Rhoads. I miss Thom Hartmann after he went completely internet radio from 12noon to 3PM pacific time, 3PM – 6PM Eastern time. They play reruns on 1150 am over the weekend late night/early mornings.

  31. 94 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    May 23, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    It’s all in the tabs ….

    Details matter …. only way Romney wins is by cheating, lying, and voter suppression.


    • May 23, 2012 at 1:11 pm

      Tweet this to Lis Smith!

      • 96 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
        May 23, 2012 at 1:13 pm

        Oh, she knows, and, more importantly, they’ve got outstanding internal poll information that far exceeds in accuracy anything we are going to get from polling organizations.


  32. May 23, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    So, Dick Halperin gave an Softball interview to Robney, so he can answer to how Wonderful Bain is.

    You just can’t make this shit up!

    • May 23, 2012 at 1:03 pm

      Apparently, he would not talk about Bain, only how bad Obama is. Good interview Dick! Not!
      Played on every channel, for days and days.

      • May 23, 2012 at 1:06 pm

        And Halperin sticks up for Him. He thinks the approval of Keystone is His answer to Bain.
        What utter bullshit!
        I hate this Guy, both of them.

    • 100 Bill
      May 23, 2012 at 1:13 pm

      Willard mentioned “community organizer” twice in the interview. Everytime a Republican makes a reference to community organizer, a draft dodging Mormon French missionary should be referenced.

      • May 23, 2012 at 1:21 pm

        But but but Rendell said we all should be nice to each other and stop the negative campaign and we all should sing Kumbya and…

        • 102 57andfemale
          May 23, 2012 at 3:16 pm

          But I thought PBO wasn’t fighting hard enough, wasn’t in-your-face like Hillary would have been.


      • 103 Obama Grandmama
        May 23, 2012 at 1:22 pm

        My thoughts are a Community Organizer is more in touch with the problems of the bottom portion of our population whereas a Corporate Raider is in touch with the wealthy 1% of the population.

        • May 23, 2012 at 2:51 pm

          I would rather bet my money on someone who knows how to organize the world community and the community of the US than a one shot businessman.

        • 105 theo67
          May 23, 2012 at 3:46 pm

          Exactly – isn’t that the very point that President Obama and VP Biden were making? A community organizer actually has relevant job experience when it comes to running the country as President. If Romney doesn’t have any community organizing in his background, plus he doesn’t want to talk about his type as governor – then he’s basically disqualified to be President. Let them keep talking about community organizing – it will surely come back to haunt them.

      • 106 57andfemale
        May 23, 2012 at 3:13 pm

        I’m tweeting this.

  33. 107 EricFive
    May 23, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Saw Politico article cited on TOD yesterday that quoted actor Bruce Willis saying some pretty unflattering things about Mitt (he called him a “disappointment” among other things). Since Willis is a staunch republican who voted for both Bushes, it would seem this would get more press than it has, considering how whenever Matt Damon spews some anti-PBO nonsense it gets hyped by the MSM. I guess Damon’s publicist knows his/her job, you only get attention when you feed the anti-PBO narrative. Pathetic.

    • 108 Cha
      May 23, 2012 at 4:21 pm

      Bruce was also obtuse in that article..saying “everyone wants to be Barack Obama ..what has he done?”..like all pols are doing nothing is the way I got it. I commented that Bruce Willis needed to study and learn what PObama has done.

  34. 109 xtine
    May 23, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    I’m running out of dingbats, expletives, etc.: so, “Fucik!” (in RSA, an extreme expletive, used when the F-word is not powerful enough). Pronounced: foo-sek. 🙂

    “Meet Romney’s ‘Special Advisor’ on education policy”


  35. 110 vcprezofan2
    May 23, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    The Pres has to shake hands with all 1000+ of them!!! Oh dear!

    • 111 Bill
      May 23, 2012 at 1:15 pm

      I hope each one gets a photo with him.

      • 112 vcprezofan2
        May 23, 2012 at 1:26 pm

        Bill! 1000+ pictures?? After the individual handshakes 😯 What has the president ever done to you?!! 😉

        • May 23, 2012 at 2:05 pm

          Many universities have a professional photographer who takes a picture of each handshake as the diplomais presented.

          • 114 vcprezofan2
            May 23, 2012 at 2:41 pm

            That makes the most sense, particularly under the circumstances, but as I didn’t notice any flashes I wondered.

    • 115 susanne
      May 23, 2012 at 5:14 pm

      i do worry about his hand! but i guess this is when being a lefty is a real benefit–he may have to ice his right hand every night, but he can still write!

  36. 116 Linda
    May 23, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    WASHINGTON — Shifting from the economy to education, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was proposing a voucher-style system that could significantly alter the public school system and revive the debate over school choice.

    Romney, who has been reluctant to stray far from the economic issues at the core of the presidential campaign, was outlining the proposal during a speech Wednesday at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

    A Romney aide who previewed the speech for reporters said the candidate would let low-income and disabled students use federal funding to attend public schools, public charter schools and, in some cases, private schools. Federal funds could also be applied to tutors or digital courses.

    The plan is line with GOP reforms aimed at giving students more educational choices. But it’s unclear how schools in areas that depend on the federal funding would fare.

    The proposal was not expected to include any new federal money for education.

    Romney has so far offered few details for his plans on several key policy areas, including foreign policy, health care and education. He attacked Obama’s education policy while speaking to donors in New York City on Tuesday evening, previewing themes likely to play prominently in Wednesday’s speech.

    “This president receives the lion’s share of funding from organized labor, and the teachers’ unions represent a massive source of funding for the Democratic Party,” Romney said. “The challenge with that is when it comes to actual reform to make schools better for our kids, they talk a good game, but they don’t do it.”

    He continued, “If I’m president of the United States, instead of just giving lip service to improving our schools, I will actually put the kids first and the union behind in giving our kids better teachers, better options and better choices for a better future.”

    The message is consistent for the Romney campaign, which regularly heaps criticism on the Democratic president’s policies but offers only a vague road map for what Romney would do.

    AP report

    • 117 Jessica
      May 23, 2012 at 1:18 pm

      So now instead of talking about the economy (which wasn’t going so well for him) he wants to switch to education. Yes! No problem. Vouchers are horrendous and the average American can see that. If you take millions away from public education so you can give a few lucky Americans a 5k voucher for a 10k, 12k, 15k + private school how will they come up with the rest when they have a mortgage, groceries, gas, clothing, etc. also to pay? Romney is so damn backwards it’s unfathomable. His ideas are archaic and has led to the decline of education and America in general. Why would we go back to them 10 times over. Rmoney clueless again.

    • 118 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      May 23, 2012 at 1:26 pm

      Simply, not going to let him get anywhere near our Public Education System …

      Yes We Can … Do More Together

  37. 119 Cheryllou
    May 23, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    WTF!! AP reporting that Mitt Romney proposes a voucher-style system that could change public education.

  38. May 23, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Hiddeeee Hoooooo OOOOO’s !!!!!!! Another great gettin’ up day, yesirrrreee!!! Ok, I heard what Deval Patrick said, I heard what Powell said and in neither case did I hear what some have posted here. Powell, did not indicate he would endorse Mo’Money, and Deval didn’t go rogue on teh Bain message. He said that Bain isn’t a bad company, and it’s not. It serves its purpose as an equity firm. PBO said as much also. The pushback is that Mitt can’t continue to use it as a qualification and not expect to be questioned about it. PBO also said as did Deval, that it doesn’t create jobs. Soooo, please, when there are posts that disparage a Dem, or an otherwise supporter, make sure it includes the entire story, or post the link.

    • May 23, 2012 at 1:18 pm

      I did post the link. But what democrats are not getting, the lazy biased media, are using Democrats to attack the President on Bain.
      This is pushed by Robney, it is their strategy.
      In a lot of cases, they are quoted as saying to leave Bain alone.
      Deval Patrick should not allow a soundbite to be played in an ad.
      Just say, Bain does not create jobs, he could leave out the- Bain is a good Company stuff!
      We are trying to define Robney and disqualify his Bisiness record.
      Also, Most People think a good Business is a good thing.

      • May 23, 2012 at 1:35 pm

        The Dems on the TeeVee who have PBO’s back are getting it. They are doing a good job. The ones who aren’t, become identified immediately (talking to you Corey). The media may be lazy, but we don’t have to throw the baby out with the bath water by omitting or over embellishing on what is said in our posts. Things are going to get heated up enough without playing to emotional rather than practical reaction to what is said. Deval, and no other guest has control of soundbites that get played in an ad. He can’t control how his words are edited or parsed, but we can control what we post about what was said. WE aren’t on the TV. WE are on a blog site. WE can help get out the vote. We can follow PBO’s lead by speaking to our neighbors and friends about his successful policies and plans for our future. WE don’t have to wring our hands, gnash our teeth, or act like the sky is falling because of what somebody said on the television. Understand?

        • May 23, 2012 at 1:47 pm

          Well said cookemom.

        • May 23, 2012 at 1:52 pm

          You are a lot more forgiving than me. In a soundbite era, politics says your statement should be measured, not Give anything to other side.
          Feinstein was quoted saying move on from Bain.
          Do you deny she said that???

        • May 23, 2012 at 1:54 pm

          Oh, and it looks really really bad when Democrats have gotten more donations from Bain, and then they throw in, but Bain us a good Company.
          Of course it is a good company, especially when it fills your campaign coffers.

        • May 23, 2012 at 1:56 pm

          And btw-
          I love you too!

        • May 23, 2012 at 2:02 pm

          Also, maybe you have not been listening to the Democrats in DC.
          They are not exactly running to the tv to defend the President.
          Their support of him is self serving.
          That is, a lot of House Democrats only support the President because of coat tails.
          Just saying.
          Do you refute anything I have said, without your choir backing you up?
          Lol! Lmao!

          • May 23, 2012 at 2:24 pm

            luv ya Jovie and I’m not going to pick any bones with you. Been there, done that. I’ll just stand by my original post, that all things are not going to hell in a hand basket every time somebody opens their mouth on tv. I personally, don’t get all flabbergasted when a pundit poots. There is nothing wrong with accepting donations from Bain or any other company. In most cases it’s the employees of the company who are giving their own personal money to a campaign. Because those contributors have to identify who they work for, it is reported as money from the company itself. That’s ok with me, as long as the politician doesn’t govern or legislate based on those donations. If they stand up to the corporation or business when they are out of order, as PBO continues to do, then any donations are fair game. I don’t have a choir, but if I did, I’d have them serenade you with one of my favorite songs, Don’t Worry, Be Happy. It works.

            • May 23, 2012 at 2:56 pm

              My philosophy exactly. Great points.

            • May 23, 2012 at 4:54 pm

              Except that is the point. During the Clinton years, a lit of Democrats went DLC way.
              Daily kos accuses this president as such. That is not true. On the other hand, Rendell, Harild Ford, all the damn blue Dogs and conserva dem, do govern pro wall street.
              Also, you say you don’t want to argue, and then you do just that.
              You have tour opinion, I have mine.

          • May 23, 2012 at 2:48 pm

            I ain’t a part of nobody’s choir. I agreed with what she said just like sometimes I’ve agreed with you. Let it go at that.

    • 132 donna dem 4 obama
      May 23, 2012 at 1:18 pm

      Thank you!!!

    • 133 PoliticalJunkessa
      May 23, 2012 at 1:22 pm

      Good advice, cookemom. 😉

    • May 23, 2012 at 1:36 pm

      And I always, always, always leave a link and a source.

      • May 23, 2012 at 2:01 pm

        Yes, you did leave a link in the Deval Patrick post. When I read your responses to what he was to have said:

        “And now Deval Patrick has a Problem with the Bain attacks I am sick and tired of these toothless Democrats.
        Disappointed about Patrick!”

        “Governor Patrick is a co chair of the Obama camp talking shit-”

        “This is definitely giving Team Obama pause, all these Democrats are sticking up for Bain!

        “Democratic Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick appeared on CNN and defended the Boston-based company Mitt Romney led, saying it wasn’t “a bad company.” Patrick added “I respect what Bain does and its role in the free market system,” he said. Ugh!”

        Based on your posts, I thought that we had another Corey Booker to deal with today. Then I clicked on your link and I had to wonder if you actually listened to it before you posted, because nowhere does he say any of the things in the context that you would lead us to believe.

        Here’s your link: http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/deval-patrick-defends-bain-capital-not-a-bad-com?s=mobile

        PS: I wasn’t necessarily speaking about you in my original post. I’ve seen similar reactions from others. I get all riled up, only to find that the whole story wasn’t given, or something. i.e. Powell will endorse Romney, etc.

        • May 23, 2012 at 2:08 pm

          Sensitive about democrats saying anything about Bain!
          They just used 4 in an ad against the President!

          It is more than understandable that I am a bit pissed!!!

    • 137 theo67
      May 23, 2012 at 3:54 pm

      I’ve seen a lot more about Powell since hearing the first report yesterday on NPR, and I take back my criticism of his comments. He was quite supportive of President Obama, and the buzz on twitter is that he’s roasted Hannity alive. So, I take back my criticism.

  39. 138 Ladyhawke
    May 23, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Aw, President Obama is going to shake each graduates hand. He’s such a sweetheart. PBO’s going to need a hand and body massage after this. Awesome.

  40. 145 Linda
    May 23, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Romney’s favorite book is Battlefield Earth by Scientology cult founder L. Ron Hubbard! Figures since this piece of Mitt belongs to a cult too!


  41. 149 Linda
    May 23, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    CHICAGO — Patrick Fitzgerald is stepping down as the U.S. attorney in Chicago.

    Fitzgerald has overseen thousands of criminal prosecutions and was the architect of cases against Illinois governors Rod Blagojevich and George Ryan, former Vice President Dick Cheney’s top aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby and media mogul Conrad Black.

    Fitzgerald has held the post for the Northern District of Illinois for more than a decade. His office announced Wednesday that he’s stepping down effective June 30.

    Fitzgerald doesn’t give a reason for leaving in the news release announcing his departure. He says he has no future employment plans and he’ll take time off this summer before making any career decisions.

    Fitzgerald is leaving the Justice Department after nearly 24 years, including his time as an assistant U.S. Attorney in New York.

    AP report

    • 150 57andfemale
      May 23, 2012 at 4:15 pm

      Patrick Fitzgerald is a Republican hack who has basked in the notion that he is non-partisan. My ass.

      Yeah, he got Ryan. But let’s be clear: any first year law student could have gotten Ryan. And probably a whole lot sooner than Fitzgerald did.

      Blago was a witch hunt in search of a crime. When Patrick Fitzgerald got up there at the press conference and shrieked that this was the Crime of the Century……

      But most important — he didn’t “get” Scooter Libby. He let lying Karl Rove come in time and again and change his perjured testimony in order to fit the facts. The Bush Administration got away with literal murder with what they did to Valerie Plame and her covert organization. We will never know the extent of the damage done by craven political hacks in the Bush Administration in order to pursue their lying policies. They all should have gone to jail for treason.

      The reason they didn’t – Patrick Fitzgerald. Blago was the Crime of the Century (when not one thin dime passed hands) but it was a big shrug when it was the Bushies. Disgraceful.

  42. 151 Ladyhawke
    May 23, 2012 at 1:23 pm


    Romney to Speak at Ralph Reed’s 2012 FFC Conference & Strategy Briefing


    The 2012 Faith and Freedom Conference and Strategy Briefing will be held at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C. on June 14-16. A whole heavenly host of right wing authoritarian figures will be present, including not just Mitt Romney but GOP presidential also-rans Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann and Newt Gingrich, along with luminous loudmouths like Glenn Beck, Herman Cain and The Donald. We don’t know yet exactly what will be discussed since the agenda is only tentative even a month out, but it takes little effort to guess given the guest list and the host. Yes, Reed is a liar but he’s a slick liar: Evangelical vote? What Evangelical vote?
    The Constitution says no to the establishment of state religion but that is exactly what fundamentalists like Reed are working toward. The Constitution says there shall be no religious test to hold office, but that is exactly what fundamentalists like Reed wish to impose.
    There is no doubt that they are buying Mitt Romney’s soul and Mitt knows exactly who he is selling his soul to in order to land his dream job. Oh, I’m sorry: you want to know what your role is in all this? Think pig with apple in its mouth.



  43. May 23, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Robney big announcement in Halperin interview- he says he personally will get unemployment to six percent in 4 years.
    That is what it is forecasted to be in four years.
    Media just fawning over this bogus interview!

  44. 171 Suzette
    May 23, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Oh my goodness, the President must get dizzy from all this left and right hand shaking (lol).

  45. May 23, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Oil is at 88 and freefall. Europe pushing prices down bigtime.
    I would not be surprised if we were under 3 bucks a gallon by the election.
    Already in Florida, gas is 3.36 per gallon.

  46. May 23, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    PBO attending a private fundraiser in Atherton tonight where David Crosby and Graham Nash will perform to 60 people at $35K a plate.

  47. 194 anniebella
    May 23, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Lord have mercy, I could not shake all those hands. I would have stood before them and gave one salute and that would have been it.

  48. 195 sherijr
    May 23, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Isn’t he the most awesome leader we’ve ever seen~ I am absolutely amazed to see him doing this.. shaking each grads hand, saluting each one.. as a vet I am so impressed w/ his continued respect toward all our military.

    I do wish they’d have set things up w/ better thought though.. so that he didn’t have to do that dizzying half turn over and over a thousand plus times.

    • May 23, 2012 at 2:10 pm

      sherijr, have you left N. Dak yet? Did you sell your home, or are you still looking? Let me know, #1 would be interested if it’s still available.

      • 197 sherijr
        May 23, 2012 at 2:17 pm

        Oh cookemom thank you for asking.. my house has sold, we will be signing the purchase agreement today- so that part is done. I have not yet found a house in Baltimore. Three times I’ve been ready to make offers, but was too late. Tonight my son will look at another one for me, and if that ones suitable then I will make an offer. I haven’t left ND- but am partially packed up. I can’t go w/o a home to move to.. since I have my youngest son & our little zoo in tow 😉

        • May 23, 2012 at 2:31 pm

          Good luck in your search. I love the Maryland/Baltimore/DC area. I’ve always said I’d love to retire there when I retire for real. I’ve been retired since ’01, but it still doesn’t feel like I’m able to just kick back. Maybe that only happens in the commercials.

          • 199 sherijr
            May 23, 2012 at 2:55 pm

            I’m very excited.. soooo looking forward to city life again and especially to my grandchildren.. cannot wait to kiss their little plump cheeks 🙂

          • 200 0388jojothecat
            May 23, 2012 at 3:27 pm

            Cookemom, give yourself some time, you will settle into retirement before you know it (eleven years ? – you must have retired quite young). My sister-in-law and I were talking about all the things we would do if we could retire now…first thing was, sleep in late, volunteer in my community, travel, pamper myself daily..repeat.

            • May 23, 2012 at 4:20 pm

              yeah, that telecommunications company that I worked for (30 years) gave me an offer I couldn’t refuse. I thought I’d work elsewhere for awhile but after sleeping in, spending time with #1 and #2 and the grandkids, then other things that I couldn’t do while working, it’s all this time later.

              • 202 0388jojothecat
                May 23, 2012 at 8:48 pm

                That’s wonderful cookemom, you’re doing things that you enjoy and make you happy. A friend of mine who I think worked for the same telecommunications company also retired about the same time you did. She retired at 50yrs old and was doing well until a couple of hits on her 401K that she had to go back to work.

        • May 23, 2012 at 3:35 pm

          Instead of Baltimore, try looking in Ocean City, MD.
          Awesome place!

          • 204 sherijr
            May 23, 2012 at 4:19 pm

            I’d love to Jovie, but I don’t think that would be at all affordable for me 🙂

          • 205 jacquelineoboomer
            May 23, 2012 at 4:45 pm

            Yes, it is a beautiful place! Stayed at a hotel on the ocean once – breathing that in every morning. Nice.

    • 206 anniebella
      May 23, 2012 at 5:08 pm

      I remember were the President would stand there and the graduate would walk up to him salute, shake hand and walk by.

  49. 207 lisalovesobama
    May 23, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    TeaNN has no sound and the CBS feed has now switched to the Pentagon. 😦

    • 208 sherijr
      May 23, 2012 at 2:13 pm

      for a while I had both cnn & wh feed going for both sound and pics.. then turned to cspan- it has both sound & pics.. YAY!

  50. 209 Linda
    May 23, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Vice President Joe Biden will deliver the commencement address at the United States Military Academy at West Point on Saturday, May 26, the White House just announced. The event will start at 10 a.m.

    • 210 donna dem 4 obama
      May 23, 2012 at 2:56 pm

      My sons graduated in 2002 and 2003 from the USMA at West Point and it was one of the proudest moments in me and my husbands life. Knowing the small percentage of minorities that make it through 4 years at these Military Acadamies made it even sweeter. The only thing that would have made that day better would have been If we could have had PBO or VP Joe there.

      To our horror we had to sit through Bush in ’02 and Darth Vadar himself in ’03. Sigh!!!!

  51. 211 Linda
    May 23, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Speaking before conservative group The Latino Coaltion in DC, Mitt Romney chided President Obama for using his record at Bain Capital in campaign attacks, noting that a number of Democrats in recent days have expressed discomfort with the tactic.

    “Sadly, President Obama has decided to attack success,” Romney said. “It’s no wonder so many of his own supporters are calling on him to stop this war on job creators. Make no mistake, when I’m president you wont wake up every day and wonder if the president is on your side.”

  52. May 23, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Just returned from getting a mani-pedi at my lovely little Vietnamese salon. I asked the owner if he would turn the channel from FOX, which he did (but he was cool to me the rest of the time there – his wife is a sweetie, however). He turned to NBC – I was there a couple of hours and saw at least four-five Walker ads every half-offer. One Barrett ad during that time. I hadn’t seen many ads because I rarely watch network tv. They’re good — meaning effective — although full of lies. The one that was on the most declared it was telling facts, not opinions. FACTS. Repeated facts throughout — when it was full of lies.

    The deluige of propaganda is stunning.

    • 214 Sharon
      May 23, 2012 at 2:32 pm

      Agree on that about the deceptions in the ads by Walker. Exactly the same as the ones he ran in the 2010 election. Shocking when you know the truth.

  53. 215 PoliticalJunkessa
    May 23, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Ooooo, thanks for the updated pics, Chips. What gorgeous shots! The salute pic is stunning — the colors are beautlful. Looks like they got perfect weather in Colorado.

  54. May 23, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Diaz/Balart is a troll!

  55. May 23, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    Okay, this one cracked me up:

  56. 228 criquet
    May 23, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    • 229 vcprezofan2
      May 23, 2012 at 3:35 pm

      Check this out

    • 230 57andfemale
      May 23, 2012 at 4:24 pm

      I’m unsure how laying off 1,000’s of Federal workers helps unemployment.

      Oh, wait. I forgot that if you run a filthy meat packing plant and don’t worry about whether the toaster starts a fire, you can hire all kinds of people.

      I loathe Republicans. I particularly loathe Romney.

    • 231 anniebella
      May 23, 2012 at 4:59 pm

      criquet, I think we know Mitt Romney is a liar. The Republicans knows that too, but with them HATE, RACISM, over rule LYING. They hate the President more than they hate lying.

  57. 232 criquet
    May 23, 2012 at 3:19 pm

  58. 233 Liberal Librarian
    May 23, 2012 at 3:20 pm

  59. 234 criquet
    May 23, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    • 235 donna dem 4 obama
      May 23, 2012 at 3:25 pm

      You know sometimes when I am tired, or just don’t feel like volunteering or stepping outside of my comfort zone I just think about the idiot things this man says and it’s all the inspiration I need. 😉

    • May 23, 2012 at 3:29 pm

      That is what I said upthread. Lis Smith and I must hangout!

  60. 237 0388jojothecat
    May 23, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Randi Rhoads is on fire today. If you can, Google “iheart radio” and type in “1150”, click on the southern california station to listen to Randi. I was able to use my smartphone to listen to her show all afternoon while away from my home office.

  61. 239 desertflower
    May 23, 2012 at 3:30 pm


    In a speech today to The Latino Coalition, a pro-business group led by President George W. Bush’s Small Business Administrator, Mitt Romney said the nation’s public education is in “crisis.” But while he publicly claimed that improving education for minority children is the “civil-rights issue of our era,” his recent closed-door remarks to donors suggest that his real plan for education is massive cuts.

  62. 241 hopefruit2
    May 23, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    What er. say you Toure?!?

  63. May 23, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    By JENNIFER EPSTEIN | 5/23/12 12:36 PM EDT
    First lady Michelle Obama will launch her latest media blitz next week with a string of TV appearances to promote her book on gardens.

    Obama is set to appear Tuesday on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and “The View,” and Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” the White House said Wednesday. She’ll also tape an interview for “LIVE! with Kelly” while in New York next Wednesday and an appearance on the “Rachael Ray Show” is set to air next Thursday.

    Obama’s book, “American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America,” is being released Tuesday after several production delays that pushed its publication date back from earlier this year. The book includes a history of White House vegetable gardens reaching back to Eleanor Roosevelt’s Victory Garden and also takes a look at gardens across the country.

    The media appearances that Obama is doing to promote the book — for which she did not take an advance and from which the proceeds will go to the National Parks Foundation — are just the latest in a sustained effort to boost her public image. In recent months, she’s appeared on “The Biggest Loser,” “Ellen,” “iCarly,” and several daytime and late night talk shows to promote her policy initiatives, Let’s Move! and Joining Forces.

    Can’t wait!

    • 243 Linda
      May 23, 2012 at 3:56 pm

      are just the latest in a sustained effort to boost her public image.

      What is that supposed to mean? Can’t they ever leave out the snark ? Her public image is just fine.

      • 244 Cha
        May 23, 2012 at 4:38 pm

        That’s what I thought, Linda..I guess she’ll “boost her public image” outta the statrosphere then!

    • 245 anniebella
      May 23, 2012 at 4:54 pm

      jovie141, I am looking forward to seeing FLOTUS, let me write it down, because I do not want to miss our wonderful First Lady.

  64. 246 vcprezofan2
    May 23, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    Here’s a DeGeneres segment that will give you a chuckle

  65. 247 Linda
    May 23, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    NEW YORK — A new Bob Woodward book is scheduled for September, upholding an election-year tradition.

    An “Untitled” Woodward book is listed on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com, with no details provided.

    Spokeswoman Tracey Guest of Simon & Schuster, Woodward’s longtime publisher, said Wednesday the book would be out Sept. 12. She said she “had no other information to share.”

    Sounds fishy…..an Untitled book with no details…yet they released the date the book will be out.

    I cannot stand Woodward and his hit job books.

  66. 248 AnitaW
    May 23, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Since Colin Powell just came out in support of marriage equality and said Robney’s foreign policy advisors are far to the right, I think it’s safe to say that the GOP will not be looking for Powell’s endorsement any time soon.

    • 249 Bill
      May 23, 2012 at 4:08 pm

      He is having a difficult time hiding his admiration for PBO. I loved the way he put down Hannity about the “apology” question.

  67. 250 theo67
    May 23, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    I saw some young ladies holding up signs for Tony Strickland here in Southern California – one sign said “Honk for lower taxes”, another sign said “Honk for more education”. Do they realize that these are two opposing positions? That the hunt for lower taxes is the very thing that is impacting education? I just shook my head. They were so young, too – sad for them to go through life so uninformed.

  68. 251 Linda
    May 23, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Today from Colin Powell:

    “I have no problem with gay marriage”.

    “The economy is improving”.

    “Romney should think twice about the advisers he is choosing”.

    “President Obama has not been apologizing for America in any shape or form.”

    “Our nationally security is as strong as ever.”

    “Everything should be on the table including military cuts/reforms, tax reforms, social program reforms.”

    “Russia is not a national security/foreign relations threat.”

    “We cannot go backward.”

    • 252 daisydem
      May 23, 2012 at 4:20 pm

      Amen to all of the above. And thank you General Powell.

    • 255 PoliticalJunkessa
      May 23, 2012 at 4:47 pm

      Another fantasy of mine: a group of sane republicans all supporting PBO’s policies/positions/presidency in a big mash-up of a commercial that runs on Fox News endlessly — especially in the battleground and red states. Throw some Reagan quotes in there for good measure…. 😆 …. a girl can dream…

  69. May 23, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    I love having Colin Powell out there slamming Romney and defending Pres. Obama. Hopefully more sane Republicans like Hagel (what happened to him?!?) and others will come out and start setting Romney and his supporters straight!

  70. May 23, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Wednesday urged Republicans to stage an immediate vote on extending the Bush-era tax rates for the middle class and making those rates permanent. 

    In a letter to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), the House Democratic leader said the issue should be resolved “as early as next week” both to lend confidence to consumers and to ensure the issue isn’t lost amid the chaos that’s expected to mark this year’s lame-duck session.


  71. 259 Ladyhawke
    May 23, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Matt Viser ‏@mviser


    Obama spokesman Ben Labolt on conference call: “Romney’s Massachusetts record is not a model for the nation.”


    • 261 anniebella
      May 23, 2012 at 4:45 pm

      There are so many wonderful pictures of POTUS, and kids. And POTUS and his family. I just hope and pray we will be bless with four more years of President Obama, First Lady Michelle, and the family, Bo too.

    • 262 Bill
      May 23, 2012 at 4:48 pm

      Wonkette said this was a photo of PBO bowing to another world leader.

    • 263 jacquelineoboomer
      May 23, 2012 at 6:28 pm

      meta – I remember that photo. Just beautiful. And the children shall lead us.

  72. May 23, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    White House press secretary Jay Carney ripped GOP criticism about spending under the Obama administration, calling it “BS.” 

    Carney also said reporting on the GOP criticism without exploring the counter-argument is “a sign of sloth and laziness” during an exchange Wednesday with reporters on Air Force One.


    • 265 anniebella
      May 23, 2012 at 4:49 pm

      Right On Jay, the entire Republican Party is full of alot of B.S.

    • 266 Ladyhawke
      May 23, 2012 at 4:50 pm

      I’m in love with Jay Carney. There, I said it. He is freakin awesome. He said what needed to be said. And he should know, he sat on the other side of the podium. How refreshing to hear someone call out the feckless media stenographers. More of this please.

  73. 267 Ladyhawke
    May 23, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    This is really good. Jane Lynch’s narration is exquisite. Sorry if this was already posted.

    President Obama and the Fight for LGBT Rights

  74. May 23, 2012 at 5:01 pm

  75. 272 prettyfoot58
    May 23, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Corn…..is telling it….calling out the media (Halpern) for not taking the fire to the Romney…and calling a lie a lie

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