Rise and Shine

President Barack Obama at the Fox Theater in Redwood City, Calif., May 23


All times Eastern

11:30: Attends a campaign event at the The Fairmont Hotel, in San Jose (Closed press)

1:00: Departs San Jose en route Newton, Iowa

4:00: Arrives in Des Moines

4:55: Tours TPI Composites, a wind manufacturer

5:15: Delivers remarks on urging Congress to act on the ‘To Do List’

6:55: Delivers remarks at a campaign event (listed in CNN’s live streaming schedule)

9:20: Departs Des Moines en route Joint Base Andrews

11:30: Arrives at Joint Base Andrews

11:45: Arrives at the White House


President Obama greets a crowd upon arriving at the Moffett Federal Airfield in Mountain View, California, on May 23


Steve Benen: We talked last week about Ohio Gov. John Kasich delivering a message to his constituents: the state’s economy is improving, jobs are being created, and there’s reason for optimism. It is, of course, the exact opposite of what Mitt Romney wants Ohioans to believe right now. This week, Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) was similarly unhelpful to the larger GOP cause.

….. You can almost hear Romney shouting in the background: “You guys are screwing this up royally. We need people feeling depressed and hopeless, not excited about ‘brighter days.'”

This keeps happening. Many of the nation’s key swing states — Ohio, Florida, Virginia, Nevada, Wisconsin, Iowa, Pennsylvania — are led by Republican governors, each of whom are eager to tell their constituents that the economy is looking up. They’re hoping to boost their own fortunes, but inadvertently, they’re also helping President Obama in an election year in which the economy is easily the nation’s top issue.

More here




Charles Pierce: I spent four years living under the barely distinguishable leadership of Willard Romney, Governor of Massachusetts. Since he’s out on the road now, running for president, and since he seems to be pretending that it was somebody else who was governor here …. I guess it’s up to the rest of us here to be his living memory of what happened when he won an election for the only time in his life.

…. speaking to a group of Latino businessmen in Los Angeles, Romney took time out from reassuring them that he wasn’t the racist goober he appeared to be in the primaries to excoriate public school teachers and their unions…

….. In 2006, he cut $37.8 million from the state’s higher education budget. Fees skyrocketed, as they did generally throughout the state. In 2003, he tried to cut $100 million from that same budget while raising tuition by $50 million at state colleges and universities. He also wanted to slash job training initiatives and workforce training funding. Things were rather worse at the primary and secondary level, where Romney passed down budget cuts and left cities and towns holding the bag. And that’s the way it was.

More here




TPM: A new poll commissioned by NBC News, the Wall Street Journal and Telemundo shows President Obama with a large lead among Latino voters, 61 percent to 27 percent over likely Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. President Obama’s approval rating among Latinos polled is 61 percent approve to 32 percent disapprove, while his handling of the economy is at 54 percent approve versus 38 percent disapprove. Romney’s favorablity is underwater at 26 percent favorable versus 35 percent unfavorable.

More here



This can never be posted enough….



I chuckled when I saw that even the stomach-churning Rubin concedes that GOPolitico “has gone pro-Romney, big time”.

And I LOLed again when I read our old buddy Byron Tau breathlessly reporting Romney’s attack on PBO’s “administration for allowing the daughter of Cuban head of state Raul Castro into the United States”.

Tau: Castro was allowed into the United States to attend a meeting of the Latin American Studies Association. Romney’s condemnation follows on the heels of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) YouTube comments, where the Cuban-American politican called the younger Castro an “arm” of the regime and slammed the visa as “shameful.”

The Cuban-American community is highly anti-Castro – and the issue could resonate among an influential Florida constituency that is a bit more conservative than the wider Latino community.

What did Tau neglect to mention?

The GWB administration allowed Mariela Castro visit the United States ….. three times.

Another Pulitzer for our Byron!


Have a beautiful day Zizi!


Morning everyone 😉

313 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 JER
    May 24, 2012 at 8:35 am

    Good Morning Everybody!

  2. 6 Roberta in MN
    May 24, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Congrats JER on being 1st. Whoot.

  3. 8 Cheryllou
    May 24, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Good morning everyone

  4. 9 Pamela
    May 24, 2012 at 8:37 am


  5. May 24, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Congrats JER!! Morning family!!

  6. 14 Suzette
    May 24, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Good morning all.

  7. May 24, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Goooood morning everyone!

  8. 16 vcprezofan2
    May 24, 2012 at 8:43 am

    A Bright & Happy Thursday Morning to all TODvill-ians AND to Mama Chips! May our day be filled with lots of encouraging news, and it there’s any not-so-good news, may it strengthen us in our walk towards 4 more for #44… (think I’ve covered all the bases for a great day)!! 😆 VC

    • 17 Pamela
      May 24, 2012 at 8:53 am

      {{{{{{{{{{28 more for 44}}}}}}}}}}} Hey, vc! 🙂

      • 18 vcprezofan2
        May 24, 2012 at 8:58 am

        Hey you! Still bursting at the seams with pride, I’d guess? Are you all packed and ready to go? Have the little tokens ready for gift exchange? Have a great day-before-I-set-off, old …oops! …young girl! 😆 😀

        • 19 Pamela
          May 24, 2012 at 9:17 am

          Oh how I wish I was packed and ready to go! Go to work, yes, but will leave a bit early to finish odds and ends! Little tokens, am about halfway there, then I remembered the airports have GIFT SHOPS, and I gave two hours to kill before embarking, so shopping I shall go! VC, and TOD, Bursting with pride is an understatement: we are both thrilled to bits at this window opening. I think there will be some very interesting YouTube viewing ahead! Everyone, try not to miss me too much, I’m certain I will not be firsting any new posts by Chips!

          • 20 vcprezofan2
            May 24, 2012 at 10:03 am

            My assumption is that airport gift shops are way too expensive because they know if you are there you are in a bind. I’d say pick the other half of your tokens up elsewhere and take a ‘nice’ book for the waiting period. Notice I didn’t suggest you take the i-pad, Pamela, because with extra time on your hands you might end up imitating Proud Former’s unprecedented record run from yesterday. We can’t have that! Will miss you alright, but feel sure you’ll have a wonderful time catching up while trying not to argue politics. Enjoy yourself! See you on your return! {{Pamela}}

    • May 24, 2012 at 8:54 am

      Mooooooooooooooooorning VC! Yep, all bases covered!

  9. May 24, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Hi tOd family
    tlday’s my birthday. I had been so looking forward to this day since the week began. I officially join FLOTUS michelle in her age bracket. I don’t know why this one just feels so special. but it does. Last year I was abroad away from my family. This time I stayed put but dear hubby is away. I’m now propped up in bed with laptop and a special breakfast dear daughter prepared for me, and my Ipad nearby. Is this the onset of gadgetitis overload? 😆 😆 😆 😆

    have a bubbly on me ya’ll!! Cheers.

  10. 78 hopefruit2
    May 24, 2012 at 8:43 am

    What a fine, fine President we have.

  11. 80 Suzette
    May 24, 2012 at 8:57 am

    What is happening with the Wisconsin race? I thought the Democrats wanted to win this race. It was so disheartening to hear Joe Scar and his crew this morning saying that Walker will win and win big in the upcoming election.

    All Democrats and welling thinking Independents had better step up to the plate in this election and others to come, because if they think President Obama isn’t helping them now and leave it up to the Republicans to take this election and others they are not going to like what will happen for the next 4 or 8 years or the remainder of their lifetime, because Republicans are not looking out for the middle class or the poor they are looking out for themselves and their rich friends.

    • 81 hopefruit2
      May 24, 2012 at 9:00 am

      I don’t take seriously any stuff from Morning Joke. It’s ALWAYS spun pro-GOP!!! Does Joe Scarborough and crew EVER say anything credible? Joe Scar also said that Romney will beat PBO.

    • 82 Linda
      May 24, 2012 at 9:04 am

      Barret is 6 points ahead with Independents.

    • 84 57andfemale
      May 24, 2012 at 9:20 am

      Polls are bad. Barrett is not just being outspent now, but Walker has been running ads (Koch-funded) for the last year and a half.

      Our only hope: the polls are as wrong about this as they are about the primary, where the polling models greatly underestimated the interest in the race.

      I know there is frustration on the ground — I have friends who are active in this. It’s an uphill battle.

    • May 24, 2012 at 11:29 am

      The majority are just damn sick of it all. The propaganda has been not stop since a year BEFORE the 2010 elections. A parade of national Republicans has been traveling all over the state. National Dems? MIA – AWOL.

      This is how fascism begins. Watch and learn. It’s coming to you.

      • 86 theo67
        May 24, 2012 at 12:19 pm

        Why do the people of Wisconsin need the Democratic party to come in and tell them what they’re actually experiencing? This is ridiculous! They are the ones whose lives are being destroyed by Walker’s policies. They need people from outside the state to come in and tell them what’s going on in their own lives? People need to stop being victims, and waiting for people to tell them what to think. This is true all over the country. When Mitt and his cohorts tell the American people that they’re not better than they were four years ago – when all evidence points to the fact that they are doing way better than they were four years ago when they were laboring under the exact same policies that Romney is now presenting as his own future policies. People have the power of their vote – and it’s the only political power they have to protect themselves against those who would do them harm. They need to take that responsibility seriously and educate themselves and hold themselves accountable. To blame the Democratic party for not getting people to vote for their own futures is ludicrous. When will people hold themselves accountable for their own actions (or inaction)?

        • May 24, 2012 at 2:25 pm

          Have you read “The Republican Brain”? It’s an exceptionally good book, not just about Republicans but about all people. There is new field sometimes called neuropolitics. It’s almost impossible for me to try to explain what’s happening in Wisconsin in a paragraph or two. People don’t understand it unless they understand the history of fascism, propaganda, and how the brain works.

          If we’re going to win this war — and it is a psychological, religious, economic and political war — we need to learn more about these psycho- and social dynamics.

          • 88 theo67
            May 24, 2012 at 3:26 pm

            No, I haven’t read the book. I’ll check it out, though, because I have an interest in study of the brain and neurology. Thanks for the suggestion.

            I do worry though, that if we have to read up on psychology to win an election, then we are in trouble.

  12. 89 hopefruit2
    May 24, 2012 at 9:02 am

    • May 24, 2012 at 9:35 am

      Halperin the page has it at 370k and only dropped 2k.
      Is he lying?
      It’s so close, why not be accurate? Halperin just likes to lie!

      • May 24, 2012 at 9:41 am

        Looks like Halperin actually reported accurately – for once!!

        For a while, the initial unemployment claims looked a bit like a roller-coaster ride. February and March were very encouraging, while April was a disheartening mess, only to see the data level off in May. Today’s report from the Department of Labor reinforces the trend.

        Last week’s figures were revised up slightly, leaving this week’s totals about where they’ve been:

        The number of Americans who filed requests for jobless benefits fell by 2,000 last week to 370,000, the U.S. Labor Department said Thursday. Claims from two weeks ago were revised up to 372,000 from 370,000. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch had projected claims would rise to a seasonally adjusted 373,000 in the week ended May 19. The average of new claims over the past four weeks, meanwhile, dropped by 5,500 to 370,000, the lowest level in six weeks.


      • 92 anniebella
        May 24, 2012 at 11:28 am

        jovie141, remember this same Halperin you are talking about call our President of the United States a “dick”. And he has said lots of other disrespecting things about the President, so why would you expect the truth to come from something like him? You know he’s a mouth piece for the GOP. Mark Halperin stop existing for me when he call our President a dick. Listening to him, hell no, reading or giving a darn what he says, hell no.

  13. 94 desertflower
    May 24, 2012 at 9:03 am


    And let’s take a look at the record specifically of Bain Capital, which Romney owned from 1992 to 2001.

    • 1988: Bain put $10 million down to buy Stage Stores, and in the mid-’90s took it public, collecting $184 million from stock offerings. Stage filed for bankruptcy in 2000.
    • 1992: Bain bought American Pad & Paper, investing $5 million, and collected $107 million from dividends. The business filed for bankruptcy in 2000.
    • 1993: Bain invested $25 million when buying GS Industries, and received $58 million from dividends. GS filed for bankruptcy in 2001.
    • 1994: Bain put $27 million down to buy medical equipment maker Dade Behring. Dade borrowed $230 million to buy some of its shares. Dade went bankrupt in 2002.
    • 1997: Bain invested $41 million when buying Details, and collected at least $70 million from stock offerings. The company filed for bankruptcy in 2003.

    Romney owned 100 percent of Bain Capital making him involved in all these deals, which represented more than 20 percent of the money Bain made from its investment funds between 1987 and 1995. Bain’s focus during all this time was leveraged buyouts, and it had not made venture investments since its earliest days.

    All of this is bad enough. But leveraged buyouts don’t only hurt businesses, workers, and the economy generally – they also short-change taxpayers, via a giant loophole in the tax code that enables companies to deduct loan interest from taxes. The provision was originally intended to encourage borrowing to build new factories, not to finance leveraged buyouts. But, according to Notre Dame Professor Brad Badertscher, private equity-owned companies paid a 22 percent tax rate before being bought, and only 10 percent the year after being acquired. That adds up to a savings of $130 billion in taxes since 2000.

    Let’s not be confused about the roles of venture capitalism and private equity….Romney seems to want to meld them both together, as if it was all good. NOT!

  14. 99 desertflower
    May 24, 2012 at 9:12 am


    What makes Romney’s pandering to the extreme right (especially the extreme religious right) disgusting is how he is so willing to subjugate the person he is for the prize of political office; treating it more like just another thing money can buy than anything resembling a call to public service.

    He willingly ignores the fact that many in his party don’t really want him as their President, that Christian leaders have repeatedly called his religion a cult, and that Conservatives have come right out and said he will be merely a puppet for the fanatical GOP if elected.

    The inmates will be running the asylum if Republicans win in November.

    PBO TOLD us not to give them the keys!!

    • 100 57andfemale
      May 24, 2012 at 9:31 am

      “What makes Romney’s pandering to the extreme right (especially the extreme religious right) disgusting is how he is so willing to subjugate the person he is for the prize of political office”

      This IS who he is. the Mormons are singularly responsible for the success of many anti-marriage equality initiatives. Mitt Romney is the man who went to a woman’s house to shame her about a medically needed abortion. he’s the man who threatened excommunication for a woman who was considering abortion, and that she should give the baby to a Mormon adoption agency.

      This IS who he is. He would usher in theocracy in ways that would bother even George W. Bush. It was when he playing a moderate to buy public office that was dishonest. This is Mitt. When he became governor, he governed like every awful hard right governor governs. This is Mitt.

      Even if the pipe dream persists that he is cloaking his moderate soul (an oxymoron to be sure), he doesn’t stand up to power. He doesn’t stand on principle, unless that ‘principle’ is backed by the likes to ‘principle-wielding’ assholes like McConnell and Boehner and Norqist and Rove. He has no moral compass and no vitality to fight for anything, other than profit.

  15. May 24, 2012 at 9:15 am


    • May 24, 2012 at 9:18 am

      Cheers my sis. Thanks and have a Blessed day too.

      • 104 amk for obama
        May 24, 2012 at 9:20 am

        Happy b’day zizi. Did you get my bombay sapphires ?

        • 105 Pamela
          May 24, 2012 at 9:23 am

          Whoa! It’s her burfday amk, whatcha loadin’ her glass wif dem Bombay sapphires for! Run for it, zizi! 😆

          • 106 amk for obama
            May 24, 2012 at 9:30 am

            You can’t go wrong with bombay sapphire. Trust me, I am the expert in two things – booze and politics.

            It is always happy hour somewhere in the world.

            If zizi doesn’t finish those bottles, she needs to fedex them back to me. Now which is the worse thing ?

        • May 24, 2012 at 9:52 am

          Not yet, the mail carrier must have taken a swig and gotten knocked out. Patience, I guess and I’ll get teh package

  16. 109 amk for obama
    May 24, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Kudos to joan walsh calling out the media for awfully letting the mittbot’s lies fly without any questions.

    And yeah, fuck mrs alan greenspan, the rethug shill.

    • 110 desertflower
      May 24, 2012 at 9:28 am

      In my reading this morning, I saw that she was with David Corn on Hardball yesterday calling out the blatant lies….wanted to see the video of that segment, but the vid was taking forever to load. This needs to be done on a consistent basis! Did Tweety confirm that “journalists” don’t go after Mitt for his lies because they want “access” to MittLiar on this segment?? Someone needs to Tweet those journalistic principles to to ALL those so called “journalists” to remind them of what their REAL JOBS ARE!

  17. 111 amk for obama
    May 24, 2012 at 9:19 am

  18. 112 Allison
    May 24, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Good Morning All, I have a quick question. Do you think Reggie Love will be back with President Obama while he campaigns during the Summer?

    • 113 hopefruit2
      May 24, 2012 at 9:30 am

      I don’t think Reggie Love was ever part of the campaign (unlike Gibbs, Axelrod, etc). Was he?

    • 114 Suzette
      May 24, 2012 at 10:03 am

      Could also depend on his class schedule and if he has the time to volunteer.

      • 115 anniebella
        May 24, 2012 at 11:37 am

        I think Reggie Love will do all he can to help in whatever way, but I also think he might want to go on with his life, because this campaigning can take control of your life.

  19. 116 desertflower
    May 24, 2012 at 9:24 am



    On Health Care, Romney Goes Retro

    The gist: Repeal the Affordable Care Act; end Medicare and Medicaid as we know it, by turning the former into a voucher program and the latter into a block grant scheme; unravel private insurance, by changing the tax treatment of benefits and undermining state regulation.

    The good. Not much. Once in a while he talks up worthwhile reforms designed to improve the quality of care. He also endorses malpractice reform, which is a worthy idea, although his approach would do in a way that reduced damage awards without improving compensation for actual medical errors.

    The bad: Changing the tax treatment of health insurance makes sense if you do it alongside other reforms. But if you do it without those reforms, it undermines employer-sponsored coverage without providing adequate alternatives.

    The ugly: Up to 58 million more people could end up without health insurance, relative to what will happen if current law stays in place, according to one credible estimate drawn from the things he’s said so far.

    They said it: “Never before in history has a candidate run for President with the idea that too many people have insurance coverage.” – David Cutler, economist at Harvard and 2008 campaign adviser to President Obama.

  20. 117 Pamela
    May 24, 2012 at 9:27 am

    “The ultimate source of happiness is not money and power, but warm-heartedness.” ~ HHDL 23 May 2012 @DalaiLama

  21. 126 Linda
    May 24, 2012 at 9:28 am

    “We are grateful to the Washington Post, The New York Times, Time
    Magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended
    our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost
    forty years.”

    “It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world
    if we had been subjected to the lights of publicity during those years.
    But, the world is now more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a
    world government. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite
    and world bankers is surely preferable to the national
    auto-determination practiced in past centuries.”

    David Rockefeller Quote 1991 at Bilderberg meeting

  22. 129 Ladyhawke
    May 24, 2012 at 9:32 am



    Mitt Romney thinks he is qualified to be the leader of the free world. But in applying for the job of President of the United States, he doesn’t want anyone to talk about ……

    – His Mormon religion

    – His Family

    – His 4 years as governor of Massachusetts

    – His time as CEO of Bain (unless you focus on the positive aspects)

    On top of all that, David Gregory of Meet the Press and Bob Schieffer of Face The Nation ask for interviews each week and so far Romney has declined. I describe his recent “exclusive” interview with Mark Halperin as a prelude to a kiss. Mitt is only comfortable with friendly right wing radio hosts and Sean Hannity of Fox. Press conferences are few and are between.

    So bottom line, Romney says he is qualified to be president because he was a businessman. That’s all we need to know. He feels the presidency is just owed to him. The election is a nuisance. As Ann Romney has said “It’s Our Turn Now”.

  23. May 24, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Romney: Bain record ‘pretty solid’
    By MJ LEE | 5/24/12 8:53 AM

    Mitt Romney on Thursday defended Bain Capital from President Barack Obama’s attacks, touting the company’s record of growing businesses. “They made about 350 investments since the beginning of the firm, and of those investments, 80 percent of them grew their revenues,” Romney said.


    • May 24, 2012 at 10:34 am

      “They grew their revenues” – Right. They made profits. Wherein does it say they created jobs?

    • 132 anniebella
      May 24, 2012 at 11:43 am

      Well if Bain record is pretty solid, then Mitt should have no problem anyone checking that record out.

    • 133 Ladyhawke
      May 24, 2012 at 12:12 pm

      As VP Biden would say, Mitt Romney just doesn’t get it and neither does the media. Mitt Romney has not had a job in six years. The question is what did he learn (that’s so unique) while at Bain that makes him qualified to be president. If Romney wants to say being a businessman is his ticket to the WH then he needs to provide specifics about what he would do differently than President Obama. All we get get are wishy washy responses and canned talking points. Mitt Romney has not distinguished himself in any way. So the Bain record was pretty solid. What does that have to do with running the country? Please explain.

      He accuses anyone who questions his record at Bain as questioning his character or attacking private equity. Hogwash. This is just ridiculous. He’s the one who said look at my record at Bain. He’s so thin skinned that he is insulted by any questions. The problem is he doesn’t have any good responses. Who’s problem is that.?

  24. May 24, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Steve Benen: We talked last week about Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) delivering a message to his constituents: the state’s economy is improving, jobs are being created, and there’s reason for optimism. It is, of course, the exact opposite of what Mitt Romney wants Ohioans to believe right now. This week, Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) was similarly unhelpful to the larger GOP cause.

    “Today’s unemployment report adds to the series of encouraging indicators that Florida’s economy is steadily moving in the right direction. With 243,594 job openings listed by various help-wanted websites and our unemployment rate down 2.2 points to 8.7%, more Floridians are finding new jobs throughout the Sunshine State. […] With a strong start to 2012, our economy is situated for even brighter days during the summer season.”

    You can almost hear Romney shouting in the background: “You guys are screwing this up royally. We need people feeling depressed and hopeless, not excited about ‘brighter days.'”

    More here: http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/05/24/11857852-obama-benefits-from-growing-swing-state-economies

    • 135 57andfemale
      May 24, 2012 at 9:59 am

      Okay, I understand our meme on this. But won’t the Kasiches and Scotts just say that it’s their OWN policies that have improved the economies of their states?

      Hey — Scott Walker blamed ACA for lack of jobs. They are beyond reason or shame.

      Won’t Kasich et al just take credit?

      • May 24, 2012 at 10:06 am

        Of course they’ll try 57, but as Benen keeps saying, if they are to continue arguing that PBO has been a disaster for the economy, and that his policies are damaging and hampering their efforts to revive it, how do they explain these encouraging figures? How ever much credit they try to take, the fact is that things are improving, especially in key swing states, under PBO’s presidency. I think they’ll have a tough job persuading their voters (well, most of them) that the improvement is solely down to them.

        • 137 57andfemale
          May 24, 2012 at 11:28 am

          Yep. The campaign needs to stay ahead of this and lead instead of responding which they’re doing very well. Hence the concerted effort to call any criticism of Romney unfair and an assault on capitalism.

          Also, OH is benefiting from the auto bailout and that’s pretty hard to spin in a Republican direction.

          I’m assuming we’ll see ads showcasing the people who kept their jobs (firefighters, teachers) because of the stimulus and what Republicans did to their jobs post-stimulus.

          Now if all Democrats would get together on message, we’d be unstoppable.

  25. 151 desertflower
    May 24, 2012 at 9:48 am


    New reports reveal George Zimmerman’s close connection to the Sanford police department. Zimmerman went on patrol rides with police officers, went to police department picnics, and even went back to the police station three days after he killed Trayvon Martin and wandered around unaccompanied.

    From ThinkProgress

  26. 153 57andfemale
    May 24, 2012 at 9:57 am

    grrr…… I want my tax dollars back from the Catholic church:


  27. 154 desertflower
    May 24, 2012 at 10:01 am

    GOP’s Nightmare Charts:) Charles Blow….


    I have selected two that get us away from the presidential race, both of which highlight just how much trouble the Republican brand continues to find itself in despite the party’s many legislative and statehouse victories in 2010. Public sentiment is slowly drifting away from the Republicans in a way that must be giving the party’s long-range strategists sleepless nights.

  28. 155 Sharon
    May 24, 2012 at 10:05 am

    On President Obama’s schedule for today. Your time (and Politico’s) for the last event in Des Moines is wrong for Eastern time–right for Central time. Both CNNlive and CBS list it at 7:55. This is a campaign event but NOT a fundraiser, first come basis until space is gone (on the fairgrounds). and is open press.

    Lynn Sweet has the official listing from the White House and makes things clear timewise by posting the event time in local time.


    Politico is very sloppy and frequently gets things wrong when alternate time zones are involved.

    When this event was still being speculated about in Iowa, it was mentioned that he would visit campaign workers. I expect he will do something because there is time for it.

    • 156 Linda
      May 24, 2012 at 10:10 am

      Politico is very sloppy and frequently gets things wrong when alternate time zones are involved.

      They do it on purpose.

  29. 161 desertflower
    May 24, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Some perspective…LET’S MAKE THIS EVEN BIGGER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  30. 171 desertflower
    May 24, 2012 at 10:27 am


    Romney’s Higher Education Plan: A Giveaway To The Wall Street Banks And Predatory Schools That Fund His Campaign

  31. 174 Slick9
    May 24, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Happy birthday Zizi – quick question – on an earlier post you mentioned that in your language “Akpe” was thank you. Would you happen to hail from the areas around the Volta Lake?

    • May 24, 2012 at 1:08 pm

      Thanx. You are almost right. I originally come from the South East Coast in the Volta Region. Not near the lake, but the languages are related.

  32. 176 ChristiMTL
    May 24, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Two More Dem Candidates Distance Themselves From Obama

    Congressional nominee Ron Barber, who is running for Gabrielle Giffords’s old seat in a special election on June 12, refused to commit to voting for President Obama in November.

    The other candidate to distance herself from Obama is Heidi Heidtkamp, who’s running for Senate in North Dakota. Heidtkamp told the AP that she thinks the president has “failed in the one test America had for him, which was to unite the country.”


    I swear to God these backstabbers Democrats make my blood boil….

    • 177 amk for obama
      May 24, 2012 at 10:33 am

      Redstates. Forgive them

    • 178 ChristiMTL
      May 24, 2012 at 10:33 am

      When I hear ”he failed to unite the country”….I want to break something….for real…….

      It’s just unbelievable……grrrrrr

      • 179 Debz
        May 24, 2012 at 11:03 am

        I hope everyone remembers this crap, before bitching about how PBO has no surrogates or that the WH communication is awful. This is the reason POTUS was out on his own since day one, all the complaints about not getting the message out about health care, or the stimulus, or anything else is because the “dems” do not and never have supported this President. The BS about dems having to distance themselves because they are in conservative states/districts is nothing but crap. We deserve President Romney.

        • 180 ChristiMTL
          May 24, 2012 at 11:12 am

          I so agree…well not the part ”We deserve President Romney”….ewwwww…….but the excuse that they can’t support their leader because they are in red states is not valid in my view…you are either a Democrat or you’re not…..no wonder these states will never turn blue, they support the positions of the other party.

    • May 24, 2012 at 10:41 am

      He failed to be White enough? OK Heidi – got it!

    • 182 Linda
      May 24, 2012 at 10:41 am

      North Dakota will never vote Blue.

      Heidi wants the keystone pipeline….. I saw her on Jennifer Granholm….she has nothing good to say about our President.

    • 183 hopefruit2
      May 24, 2012 at 10:46 am

      It’s interesting how the media LOVES to play up all the obscure Democrats who “distance” themselves from Obama, yet ignores the preponderance of high-level REPUBLICANS who have openly criticized Mitt Romney and not endorsed or given him damning lukewarm endorsements.

      I mean, North Dakota is a solid red state and it is expected that a Democrat running for congress in that state would not be enthusiastic about publicly associating with Obama. Ron Barber is trying to court the Loughner vote and doesn’t want to get shot like his predecessor. DUH?!?!? He’s a coward, but what else is new. Rick Santorum sending Romney an “endorsement” in a late-night email is interesting AND relevant.Maybe talking points memo can have a roundtable discussion of why Ron Barber’s endorsement is more relevant than Rick Santorum’s?

    • May 24, 2012 at 10:49 am

      In order for red state Dems to get elected, they can not sound like blue state Dems. If that was the case, then voters would just go with the Repub. The important thing for those red state Dems, is that once they’re elected, they vote with Dems when we really, really need them to. Dems give cover to certain other Dems and allow them to vote a certain way just to help them keep their positions. For example, voting no on something in the House/Senate, once it’s determined that there are enough yes votes to pass the legislation. If we get a red state Dem to vote our way more than they would vote the other way, then it’s better than a repub, who will always vote against the Dem.

      • 185 amk for obama
        May 24, 2012 at 11:00 am

        Bingo. Say shit to get elected but they better vote with the party.

      • May 24, 2012 at 2:36 pm

        This was part of Howard Dean’s 50-state strategy. One of the mistakes DKos has made is to insist on electing BETTER Democrats. Well, better than what? If you are going to primary a red-state blue-dog dem from the left, it is more likely the Republican is going to win.

    • May 24, 2012 at 3:22 pm

      Please correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t recall our PBO ever saying he would unite the country. What he did say is that we are not
      red states and blue states, but the United States. …and ALL of his policies and rhetoric reflects that. I’ve only heard repugs claiming
      to be uniters, not dividers while implementing the opposite policies.

    • 188 Cha
      May 24, 2012 at 3:34 pm

      They’re little bitty spineless joe manchins I got an emaill for money from Mark Kelly for Ron Barber and I haven’t gotten around to it yet but now…as for Heidi..she sounds as dumb as a ..no wait..door knobs are smarter.

      The DCCC needs to know this ignorance isn’t goint to fly.

  33. 190 Ladyhawke
    May 24, 2012 at 10:36 am


    May 15, 2012 by catsnjammer64


    In the last year alone while Mitt Romney has been unemployed and campaigning for 6 years, the OBama Administration has added 1 million new jobs for women alone. While Mitt Romney was governor of Massachusetts in the 1990′s when the economy was at its best, Massachusetts fell to 47th in the Nation when it came to job creation. Mitt was such an unpopular governor that he knew better that to run for the second term as his own resources told him he would lose and lose badly. He is telling the people that he did not run again because he accomplished what he wanted to do in the first term. If taking a State to a record low in job performance is the job he wanted to do then why are people falling for the idea that this man can create jobs, other than for the millions of dollars that are pouring into his campaign from unknown sources or just because he can out lie everyone else?
    When Mitt Romney ran against Ted Kennedy he campaigned on the fact that he had created 10,000 new jobs. He has not worked a day since then but now that he is running for President these same 10,000 jobs have grown ten-fold and he now claims to have created 100,000 jobs and we can bet it will raise to at least a half of a million jobs the closer we get to November because of the lack of truth being told by the Romney and his campaign from the beginning. The lack of truth will get worse before it ever gets better. If we hold our breaths waiting for the truth to come out of Mitt Romney’s mouth we will all succumb to our own demise.



  34. May 24, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Great getting up morning all you O folks!!!! What a glorious day in the TOD neighborhood! So, Mittens speaks to a minority group about education being a civil right for minorities, but fails to mention anything about how he feels about those same minorities. He does a cream puff interview, yet still comes off looking like Igor, Frankenstein’s creepy lab assistant.

    My political input for the day is, ‘We got this!” (we still must GOTV to make it happen)

  35. 193 amk for obama
    May 24, 2012 at 10:47 am

  36. May 24, 2012 at 10:48 am

    As he finishes up his final fundraiser this morning at the Fairmont, livestream for PBO’s departure from California at 10am Pacific:


    Destination: Iowa!

  37. May 24, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Ooops, I forgot to sing the Happy Birthday song to ZiZi. Happy Birhtday to you…Happy Birthday to you…Happy Biiiiiiirrrrttthhday to ZiiiiZiiiii…..Happy Birthday to yoooouuuuuu!!!!

  38. 207 vcprezofan2
    May 24, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Need your help in getting out a possible new hashtag – #BigPictureDems. I am tired of so little attention paid to the Dems who are doing what they should to help move the country forward. Fell free to educate me with more names of those who fall in this category. IMO it’s time we get to know THEM better and share some of our passion and love for PBO with them.

  39. 209 Ladyhawke
    May 24, 2012 at 10:56 am


    May 19, 2012 by catsnjammer64


    “Trickle down economics has been a lie told to the American workers for so long that it has become the biggest lie told in America today. When Mitt says,” when companies do well we all do well,” he is totally wrong, as it is when we have jobs and discretionary spending then we all do well. When we have Corporations refusing to hire and instead hoarding their money to protect themselves against the Vulture Capitalist like Bain Capital then the economy fails.

    The wealthy should invest in the middle class but instead they have been robbing from the middle class by not paying their fair share in taxes. Corporations are getting tax breaks from the Republican majority to invest over-seas, over investing to create more jobs for the working poor or middle class here.These same Corporations are being paid our income taxes to keep us employed, instead of it going to our individual States, and that is leading to our States going broke, so we are being hit twice by the Capitalism that is protected by Congress. In allowing Wall Street’s greed to grow, we the middle class get absolutely nothing out of “trickle down economics.”

    Mitt and all the other Republicans have promoted the idea of “When Companies do well we all do well” since the beginning of Reaganomics. While their income has grown by 150% ours has fallen by 30% in the same time period.



  40. 210 Ladyhawke
    May 24, 2012 at 11:00 am


    May 17, 2012 by catsnjammer64


    The OBama Administration has worked hard to gain 4.2 million jobs for the middle class and working poor while Mitt’s experience has been to take away jobs from the working class, in an effort to profit the already wealthy. To run an equity company and all that it entails takes a personality type different from what most of us possess. When Mitt accuses us of envy, I can assure him that we have many emotions on the subject but envy in how he accomplished his own financial gain does not even register with us. Disdain maybe more like it.

    Not all capitalism meets with the moral register of most of us. Just because there may be huge gains in it or just as many losses does not always make it right in the minds of those of us who would object to the way Mitt has made his money. The Mafia made a lot of money in business that was legal as well, but just because it may be legal ,many times capitalism can also be morally objectable to the senses of those of us who have tried to add to the lives of others, in business. There are many legal ways to make money that enhances the life of everyone involved and we need to keep checks and balances on capitalism as a reminder of that.



  41. May 24, 2012 at 11:06 am

    I think PBO just did 4 fundraisers in a little over 24 hours.

    1 in Denver
    1 in Atherton at the Goldman’s (heir to Levi Strauss fortune)
    1 in Redwood City at the Fox Theater with Ben Harper
    1 in San Jose at the Fairmont with 20 Asian American/Pacific Islanders, a roundtable @ $38,500K per person

    At the Goldmans:

    The fundraiser in Atherton was attended by an A-list of Silicon Valley executives and financiers, along with a smattering of celebrities, including actor Don Cheadle.

    Among the guests at the Atherton fundraiser were Jan Brandt, vice chair emeritus of AOL; Dennis Troper, Google product management director; Tim Westergren, Pandora Media founder; and Susan Wojcicki, Google senior vice president.


    He also thanked aging rockers David Crosby and Graham Nash, who came to perform.

    “It’s not every day you get Rock and Roll Hall of Famers strumming the guitar for you,” he said. And he thanked Cheadle for his presence and support, but promised not to talk about their recent basketball game.

    Cheadle responded: “Thank you.”

    Read more here: http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2012/05/24/2534556/obama-arrives-in-sf-bay-area-for.html#storylink=cpy

  42. May 24, 2012 at 11:06 am


    Check out the new NBC/Marist poll at TPM. PBO ahead by 4 in Florida…Linking skills all messed up this morning.
    Please post. It’s good news.

  43. 214 amk for obama
    May 24, 2012 at 11:12 am

  44. May 24, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Good morning, afternoon, evening…fellow TODvillagers. Hope your day is off to a wonderful start.
    Happy Birthday Zizi from twin to another.

  45. 219 Ladyhawke
    May 24, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Ben LaBolt ‏@BenLaBolt


    Gov. Patrick: “The impression [Romney] left with people here was he was more interested in having the job [of governor] than doing the job.”



    In 2012 just replace (of governor) with ( of president). Mitt Romeny is more interested in the trappings of being president than doing the hard work of governing for the common good.

    • May 24, 2012 at 11:23 am

      from everything I have seen and read on this candidate (he with the lady jeans), I do not understand how the president does not lead in every poll, everywhere, and across each constituency by at least 75%

      • 221 57andfemale
        May 24, 2012 at 11:31 am

        Fox news. MSM that no longer does its job. That’s how.

        • 222 Lovepolitics2008
          May 24, 2012 at 1:13 pm

          Those are the biggies, I agree. There are other factors. Among them:

          Racial identity. People not disliking President Obama but, consciously or unconsciously, identifying more with Rommey hence having less difficulty to believe what the guy says.

          Party identity. Many people vote republican because they’ve always vote republican, the family votes republican, friends vote republican. Heck, look at long-time prominent republicans: they KNOW that their party has “left them” , that the radicals have taken control, but they can’t bring themselves to severe ties with their party ( Powell, Wilkenson, Snow, Lugar, and on and on…). I’m convinced that it’s the same among the rank-and-file.

        • 223 nathkatun7
          May 24, 2012 at 5:39 pm

          Exactly! And also don’t forget right wing, racist dominated, talk radio.

      • 225 4morefor44
        May 24, 2012 at 11:46 am

        many people are still either consciously or subconsciously racist, including a large percentage of liberals, so that’s the main reason. then of course, the msm plays upon that to keep their taxes from going up. it’s that simple.

      • 226 Ladyhawke
        May 24, 2012 at 11:51 am

        CJ, I say this all the time. President Obama’s polling should be in the seventies and this election should be a landslide. (smdh)

    • 227 vcprezofan2
      May 24, 2012 at 11:36 am

      Same wavelength here, LH. 😉 That’s how I answered when I saw the tweet earlier.

  46. 228 TrumpDog
    May 24, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Have a very happy birthday, zizi 🙂

  47. 230 amk for obama
    May 24, 2012 at 11:22 am

  48. May 24, 2012 at 11:25 am


  49. 233 amk for obama
    May 24, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Good to see some dem surrogates coning out and having his back.

  50. May 24, 2012 at 11:26 am


    • 236 ChristiMTL
      May 24, 2012 at 11:35 am

      Not really surprising is it?

    • 237 Lovepolitics2008
      May 24, 2012 at 12:38 pm

      GREAT, that will help Elisabeth Warren. I think President Obama should go to Massachussetts and do some campaign event with her. ASAP. She’s closing the gap. All she needs is some more exposure so low-info voters come to know and LOVE her. And better not leave this to chance. She needs the exposure NOW. I’m confident that with enough time and exposure, she’ll pass Brown and build a comfortable lead before November. The last poll had her almost tied with Brown.

  51. May 24, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Dear Mayor Chips and fellow TODvillagers, I know you all know this already but allow me to say, you are the BEST supporters, advocates, reporters, journalists, bloggers and all-arounders ever. I hope more and more people discover TOD!

    • May 24, 2012 at 11:38 am

      “Mayor Chips” I like that 😎

      Thank you CJ, even though their behavior is usually shocking, they’re not a bad bunch here. 🙂

    • 241 vcprezofan2
      May 24, 2012 at 11:47 am

      /blink. blink/ Why thank you, CJ! /flutter. flutter/ We are trying – me being the most TRYING of the village. 😉 😉 Hope you’re having a good day ‘over there’! 😆

      • May 24, 2012 at 11:52 am

        Why Miss VC, you are a model example of trying. I just admire your relentless effort for 1st.
        It’s a great day over here. The cows are lazing around and I see lots of geraniums.

        • 243 vcprezofan2
          May 24, 2012 at 12:19 pm

          ‘VC, you are a model example of trying.’

          How did Chips Chica get you to say that? 😉 😉 🙂 She loves me you know. 😉 Just like the little boy who pulls your ponytail in kindergarten or wherever it is they do that. I’ve never had the experience, not having ever had a ponytail or a pigtail…. I’ll take my rambling self back to Twitter.

  52. 244 pkayden
    May 24, 2012 at 11:34 am

    President O has such a beautiful, warm and genuine smile. Don’t know how he keeps so cheerful with all the ugly, hurtful and shrill attacks launched against him. He’s a true gentleman. Michelle is a very lucky woman.

  53. 249 amk for obama
    May 24, 2012 at 11:44 am

  54. 255 Ladyhawke
    May 24, 2012 at 11:47 am


    Asking the right questions about Bain Capital

    By Steve Benen


    Reading the transcript, it was at this point when it occurred to me that Mitt Romney is basing his campaign on his private-sector work, but he hasn’t the foggiest idea how that business experience relates to the responsibilities of a president.

    Jon Chait argued that Romney’s response to Halperin’s question “is pure incoherence…. Basically Romney is just repeating his premise over and over again. He doesn’t say why his experience as a rich business guy better enables him to craft pro-growth policies.”

    It’s because there is no good answer to the question. The premise of Romney’s campaign is burdened by a flaw: it doesn’t make sense.
    The whole argument of late about Bain Capital has been off track. The political world has been debating whether the criticisms represent “character assassination,” whether they’re an attack on “free enterprise,” whether the president is “anti-Wall Street,” etc.

    The better argument is less convoluted: what did Romney learn at Bain that would help him in the White House? I don’t know the answer to that, and yesterday, Romney didn’t either.



    • 256 amk for obama
      May 24, 2012 at 11:51 am

      • 257 Cha
        May 24, 2012 at 3:44 pm

        FINALLY! We’re getting somewhere! And, ,dick thought he was giving him such an easy interview.

    • 258 anniebella
      May 24, 2012 at 11:58 am

      So Benen, after all these years if Romney don’t know, then answer to your question is Mitt Romney didn’t learn a dam thing at Bain which would help him be President. And the bigger point is Mitt claim he was a job creator, that’s his experience to fix the economy. Well at Bain Mitt Romney wasn’t a job creator.

    • May 25, 2012 at 12:48 am

      That’s exactly the argument PBO is making.

  55. May 24, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Hiya VC, I am feeling a new post

  56. May 24, 2012 at 11:55 am

    saw these tweets elsewhere:

    this reporter is with WaPo and covers the Romney campaign. So evidently he heard this himself:

    Philip Rucker‏@PhilipRucker
    Romney’s host at charter school tells Mitt that the “education business a cash cow” that is “feeding the prison business right now.”

    Philip Rucker‏@PhilipRucker
    Romney responds to concern about black achievement gap by promoting 2-parent households, “families with mom and dad together.”

  57. 267 amk for obama
    May 24, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Gunnite folks

  58. 272 vcprezofan2
    May 24, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    I notice WordPress has tampered with the response button again. I guess they don’t have enough to do on a daily basis. Yo, WordPress, if it ain’t broke, leave it alone!

    • 273 hopefruit2
      May 24, 2012 at 12:34 pm

      I’m thinking along the same lines as you vcprez.

      Every other week it’s something with wordpress. They could send us the money instead to help with day-to-day savings and expenses instead of wasting it on foolishness like response buttons which are already working just fine!!!

  59. May 24, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    I’ve been totally JONESING for a motorcade video!! I found this one from yesterday:

    The ending is really very cool.

  60. 280 57andfemale
    May 24, 2012 at 12:17 pm


    Seriously, guys, I have to stop playing at TOD and twitter and do some work…….

    • 282 COS
      May 24, 2012 at 12:34 pm

      What’s in republican’s genes that make them attack their opponent’s heritage? I never hear Dems doing that type of crap.

      • 283 57andfemale
        May 24, 2012 at 1:07 pm

        It was their pathetic attempt at undercutting Warren’s massive academic accomplishments: the lie that she got into good schools because she used the Native American card. Which she never did. Republicans are masters at going after someone’s strength, although it appears to not be working as well as it did with swiftboating John Kerry.

  61. 284 vcprezofan2
    May 24, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    For those family members who were concerned that DNC should help Wisconsin, here’s something


  62. May 24, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Snark Snark he’s your man
    If he can’t snark it, no one can!

  63. 289 Ladyhawke
    May 24, 2012 at 12:38 pm


    A pass/fail test

    By Steve Benen


    Mitt Romney got pretty specific about unemployment in an interview with Mark Halperin yesterday, arguing that his “policies” will “get the unemployment rate down to 6 percent, perhaps a little lower.”

    It was an odd sort of prediction. For one thing, earlier this month, Romney told voters any unemployment rate above 4 percent is a problem. For another, according to the Congressional Budget Office and the Office of Management and Budget, if existing policies remain in place, the unemployment rate is already on track to reach 6% by 2016. (In other words, Romney is promising to deliver results we’re supposed to get anyway.)

    This led Rachel to describe this as a “test” for political reporters.



  64. 290 hopefruit2
    May 24, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    So where is UpChuckTodd on the new NBC/Marist Poll showing PBO up on Willard in key swing states LIKE FLORIDA?!?!?

  65. 294 hopefruit2
    May 24, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Now here is an honest Super PAC

    • 295 Cha
      May 24, 2012 at 4:06 pm

      The Honest Super PACS have indefatiuable fodder from willard the lying barber’s Record From Hell.

    • May 25, 2012 at 12:26 am

      Meta, thank you for the motorcade video. I always cry with much joy when I see his motorcade. What an honor. The weather in Cali., is just beautiful for him to enjoy. Thank you, Mr. President. HZ

  66. May 24, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Andrea Mitchel- has Obama hit his Peek in the Polls?

    Has Andrea got Dementia?

    • 299 57andfemale
      May 24, 2012 at 1:10 pm

      She’s Mrs. Greenspan. Need I say more?

    • 300 Linda
      May 24, 2012 at 1:21 pm

      Yesterday she asked Colin Powell

      ” you have not endorsed President Obama….are you disappointed in his leadership ?”

      ( In 2008 Powell endorsed 3 weeks prior to the election date )

  67. May 24, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Enjoy the rest of the day fellow TODvillagers. See you tomorrow.

    • 302 vcprezofan2
      May 24, 2012 at 1:16 pm

      Alrighty, CJ, sleep tight, and see you tomorrow (if I don’t get called to work; haven’t been all week!).

  68. May 24, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    President Obama called Elon Musk, the founder of the pioneering private space transport company SpaceX, on Wednesday night to congratulate him on a successful first-ever commercial rocket launch.

    Musk almost did not take the president’s call. He tweeted that he thought the blocked number was a telemarketer.


  69. 305 jacquelineoboomer
    May 24, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Well, WordPress no likey me again today. So far, I’ve responded with an Irish blessing (of sorts) to VC; wished zizi2 a happy, happy day; pushed back the frontiers of science a little; solved Rubik’s Cube and was gonna share how; oh, and, told President Obama what I wanted for Christmas ~ and none of my comments made it.

    Too bad y’all missed it. I could say whatever I wanted without having to watch my language in this comment, but ~ my luck ~ this will go through. Enjoy your day.

    • May 24, 2012 at 1:26 pm

      I just hate when that happens. I’ve made the most profound, earth shattering statements that are now just floating around cyberspace. They were never assigned pixels on the blog so are now just bobbing and weaving among the other lost extraordinary musings such as yours.

      • 307 jacquelineoboomer
        May 25, 2012 at 8:53 am

        And then it takes a while to see wonderfully extraordinary replies like yours. Someday, I expect all of our profound statements will show up as virtual notes in a virtual bottle on somebody’s virtual beach. Hence. Down the road.

    • May 24, 2012 at 1:32 pm

      But but but the Republicans are blocking the cyberspace bill our infrastructure is under attack so maybe it’s wordpress HQ and…

  70. May 24, 2012 at 1:25 pm

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  72. 311 JER
    May 24, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    Take this Poll: SURVEY: If the election was held today who would you choose?

    Vote here: http://www.kcci.com/#ixzz1voFImM8Q

  73. May 24, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    We need to get this Girl on tevee.

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