Coming up

Sept 10, 2011 (Pete Souza)



9:15: The President and First Lady host a breakfast in honor of Gold Star Families

11:0: PBO lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, the First Lady also attends

11:20: PBO delivers remarks

1:50: PBO delivers remarks at the Vietnam War Memorial on the National Mall. The Vice President, First Lady and Dr Jill Biden also attend


Tuesday: PBO will award the Presidential Medal of Freedom at an afternoon ceremony in the East Room

Wednesday: PBO will sign the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank at the White House. He will also host a Jewish American Heritage Month reception at the White House

Thursday: PBO will welcome George W. Bush and Laura Bush to the White House for the official unveiling of their portraits

Friday: PBO will visit Honeywell’s Golden Valley facility in Golden Valley, Minnesota for an event on the economy where he will urge Congress to act on the ‘To Do List.’ Afterwards, he will attend a campaign event in Minnesota before traveling to Chicago in the evening to attend campaign events. The President will spend the night in Chicago.

139 Responses to “Coming up”

  1. 1 Elle in MI
    May 27, 2012 at 2:29 pm


  2. 10 Proud Former White House Intern
    May 27, 2012 at 2:30 pm


  3. 11 vcprezofan2
    May 27, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    It figures! I got up for three minutes! 😦

    • 12 Suzette
      May 27, 2012 at 2:39 pm

      Not to worry, I know you will get it another time.
      I left a reply to your question on the previous post.

      • 13 vcprezofan2
        May 27, 2012 at 2:58 pm

        Abbreviated pity party cause I rarely seem able to outwait CC. 😆 I’ll be dying of hunger/ for a WR break and will push myself to beyond the limit positive that she’ll soon post, and the moment I can’t hold out any longer and dash madly to kitchen or wherever…Bam! Or if it’s not that, some unthinking moron will phone me, or ring the doorbell at just the crucial moment. 😆 I have my questions about the effectiveness of the Chips spy agency that’s trying to keep ME, and only me, away from the podium. It’s one reason I don’t activate my webcam, even tho my currently-out-of-town-for-summer son keeps hinting I should get Skype.

        Answered you. 😛

        • 14 vcprezofan2
          May 27, 2012 at 3:04 pm

          The good thing is that once CC posts I feel freed to go do a few other things for a while, like cooking or laundry, before starting the wait again! Oh what a life! 😆 😆 😆 😆

          • 15 Suzette
            May 27, 2012 at 3:20 pm

            I know. I feel it for us all. I think Chips should start handing out 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes – we may even reach top ten one day (lol).
            TOD is getting too big, but that’s a good thing for the message to get out.

    • 16 HZ
      May 27, 2012 at 2:41 pm

      Hello to Chips and my beautiful TOD family on this beautiful Sunday Morning and Afternoon. Church Service was wonderful today. It is also a beautiful day of bright sunshine on the West Coast. Much to be so grateful for within this lovely space in my life and hopefully all of my TOD family’s life. Enjoy the day, sing a song of joy, and embrace those around you with a beautiful and loving hug. Pray for our President, FLOTUS, and VP and Dr. Jill Biden. (((((((((((((((((((((((( Love Keeps Us Together))))))))))))))))))) HZ

      • 17 mtmarilyn
        May 27, 2012 at 2:49 pm

        Good Afternoon, TOD family, Chips and HZ. It is a rainy day here in MT. Church Service was so beautiful today! So many blessings. Thank you Chips and all here who bring all the great information. We will win this fall because this President is what is America. Love you all!

      • 18 Pamela
        May 27, 2012 at 7:57 pm


  4. 19 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    May 27, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    The exceptional cowardice of the #KOCHSTER GOP needs to be at the forefront of everyone’s mind as we honor those who served and died for the Republic – many because of #chickenhawk #Neoconster wars-for-profit …

    So, touching that young officer had only graduated from West Point a few months before he was killed.


  5. May 27, 2012 at 2:50 pm

  6. 22 Evonnc
    May 27, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Afternoon everyone, just thought I’d do a repost:

    I don’t post often, but I read TODville posts practically every day. This is such a great place that I thought I would ask TODvillers to consider donating to my DonorsChoose project @ http://www.donorschoose.org/project/3rd-generation-ipad-for-21st-century-art/792434 , or to one of my school districts project proposals such as a proposal by one of my colleagues @ http://www.donorschoose.org/project/i-pad-the-perfect-chemical-equation/779666

    Just in case you don’t know about DonorsChoose.org, I can tell you it’s a wonderful organization. DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. Here’s how it works: public school teachers post classroom project requests on DonorsChoose.org. that range from pencils to microscopes. You can browse project requests and give any amount to the one that inspires you. Once a project reaches its funding goal, DonorsChoose delivers the materials to the school. You’ll get photos of your project taking place, a thank-you letter from the teacher, and a cost report. If you give over $50, you may choose to receive hand-written thank-you letters from the students.

    Our school district has a very large military family population, and I have no doubt that our students and their families will be remembering their love ones and friends on this Memorial Day. As a military spouse of a Desert Storm veteran and a mom (all of which are doing well), this includes my family too.

    Thank you TODville for considering helping with this project, and for all that you do to support PBO and this country.

    God Bless our military and their families,
    And God Bless the United States of America!

    • 23 sjterrid
      May 27, 2012 at 5:39 pm

      I donated $50 for this project. Thank you for your post. I did respond on the last thread.

      • 24 evonnc
        May 27, 2012 at 5:43 pm

        Thank you again, I responded to you on the last post 😉

        • 25 sjterrid
          May 27, 2012 at 5:49 pm

          Thanks, I just saw it. Just noticed that the notification box changed color, it used to show a number if someone responded to your post.

  7. 26 desertflower
    May 27, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    As the WI recall vote gets ever closer, let’s remind the voters of WI of some facts,

    Click to access Walker_Crime_Stats.pdf

  8. May 27, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Thomas Friedman says the President is Worst President he has ever seen, in listing his accomplishments.

    Well, maybe, just maybe, if the fucking media, like Friedman, would not lie about His accomplishments, then the public would not be misinformed.

    Yes! I blame the fucking Media and Friedman, not this President. NEXT?

    • 29 forus50
      May 27, 2012 at 3:57 pm

      I can’t say I can really disagree with Friedman. He does make some great points and while I don’t pin it on POTUS ( I think he has been saying what he needs to say except for healthcare) the Dem party is useless in messaging and supporting POTUS and What THEY VOTED for !!

      Here’s Freidman: “… Think about this: Is there anyone in America today who doesn’t either have a pre-existing medical condition or know someone who does and can’t get health insurance as a result? Yet two years after Obama’s health care bill became law, how many Americans understand that once it is fully implemented no American with a pre-existing condition will ever again be denied coverage?

      “Obamacare is socialized medicine,” says the Republican Party. No, no — excuse me — socialized medicine is what we have now! People without insurance can go to an emergency ward or throw themselves on the mercy of a doctor, and the cost of all this uncompensated care is shared by all those who have insurance, raising your rates and mine. That is socialized medicine and that is what Obamacare ends. Yet Obama — the champion of private insurance for all — has allowed himself to be painted as a health care socialist.

      Think about this: Obama didn’t just save the auto industry from bankruptcy. Two years later, he also got all the top U.S. automakers to agree to increase mileage for their vehicle fleets to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, from 27.5 m.p.g. today. As Popular Mechanics put it, this “is the largest mandatory fuel economy increase in history.” It will drive innovation, save money and make America less dependent on petro-dictators. Did you know Obama did this? ”


      • May 27, 2012 at 4:32 pm

        I’m not agreeing with Friedman and this meme has to do die. Every time President Obama does an interview he mentions these things. Every. Time. When he does rallies, he talks about it. When he’s at fundraisers he talks about it. Everywhere he goes he talks about these things. The ones that are falling short in touting these are….Democrats. If they hadn’t spent so much time running from ACA, the bills they passed in Congress or the rest of Pres.Obama’s accomplishments, more of the public would know these things. But noooo, they are either too scared of the right or too afraid of the left. So they hem and haw on TV with a bunch of coulda, woulda, shouldas. The other times they are too concerned with covering their own asses and worrying about their political future. If Dems got it together and started acting proud of their accomplishments, then it would amplify Pres.Obama’s own messaging.

        In other cases, its neither the presidents’ or the Democratic party’s fault. Too many Americans choose to block out politics and others walk around with their heads up their asses. You can tell them night and day what Pres.Obama’s done and it still won’t sink in. Take Friedman for example. He’s been pining for some middle of the road candidate who would do XYZ. He was one of the main cheerleaders for Americans Elect. Yet as other bloggers and columnists have pointed out, President Barack Obama is THE candidate/president that Friedman has been looking for. Friedman knows of Pres.Obama’s accomplishments yet he was still looking around for something better and blames Pres.Obama for that? Get outta here.

        I’m pretty tired of hearing the MSM complain that the President of the United States isn’t touting his accomplishments enough. When is the MSM going to do their job and report on what the Government is doing? PBO isn’t Senator Obama anymore. He is the government. Whenever the government acts, it is also the MSM’s job to tell us these things. Multiple times so we are informed. They found the time and energy to talk about PBO’s religion and his citizenship, why can’t they go on and on the same way about the ACA? Oh that’s right, they are too busy asking if its appropriate for the President of The United States to tout his accomplishments where ever he goes.

        • 31 FiredUpInCA
          May 27, 2012 at 8:21 pm

          Gobrooklyn you said it all thoroughly and eloquently.

        • May 27, 2012 at 8:22 pm

          ‘PBO isn’t Senator Obama anymore. He is the government’. Brilliant. They treat him like a usurper, like they are waiting for the real president. The work of the government for all Americans shouldn’t need equal time with the opposition but they always seem to have to balance his positives with their negatives. Is that journalism? Fox’s phoney fair and balanced value is misused by all media. Balanced reporting of his work should be done not a comparison to the opposition of the party out of power.

      • 33 vcprezofan2
        May 27, 2012 at 4:57 pm

        ‘Yet Obama …….has allowed himself to be painted as a health care socialist.’

        Apart from not wanting to join the arguments, yea or nay, that this statement engenders, I’ll only say one thing TODAY that irritates me about these ‘expert analysts’. It’s the fact that they all seem to expect the President to do EVERYTHING ALL BY HIS LONESOME! He must make the water, make sure the water pleases everybody’s taste, carry the water, distribute the water, let you know the water is ready, protect the water from predators, control the pressure of the water, don’t let anyone say anything negative about your having water, even drink it for you sometimes. What’s left for the other members of the society, analysts, reporters, other political team members, overpaid opposition members ordinary citizens, not-so-ordinary citizens, la-la la-la la-la to do? They don’t really need to do anything, except religiously point out the areas in which this one man did not hit 110%! Sigh!

        God bless and strengthen you ALWAYS, President Obama. You have done, and are doing, more than I expected of one man confronted with unprecedented, blatant, determined, stated, and acted upon opposition! You haven’t allowed yourself to be anything other than what you are – a hardworking, patient, loving man willing to give of your time, energies, brain power and vision to help lead your country into the 21stCentury. I WILL NOT ASK OF YOU ANY MORE THAN YOU ARE ACTUALLY GIVING BECAUSE ….

        a) I believe you would give it if you were able to without totally expending yourself, or if you saw the necessity.

        b) I SEE NO REASON WHY YOU SHOULD continuously GIVE 150% WHILE OTHERS continuously GIVE 40%. You are someone’s child, father, husband, friend too.

        Love you to pieces, Mr. President, and appreciate your leadership even more! 😆 😆 VC

        • 34 jackiegrumbacher
          May 27, 2012 at 5:48 pm

          VC, you have spoken truth. President Obama explained time and again what was in the health care bill, as did VP Biden, Catherine Sebelius, Nancy Pelosi and numerous other administrative officials. We all received mail in our homes about the provisions of the health care bill and numerous websites showed those who were and would be helped by the bill in every state. Countless newspaper articles have been written about it and it’s been part of every list of presidential accomplishments. Parts of it have also been under litigation almost from the beginning. If anyone has not heard what’s in the health care bill, they have willfully chosen to ignore it because: a) they don’t want to acknowledge what any Democratic president does, especially one who is African American; or, b) they are a horse’s ass. Freidman is a horse’s ass. He has a widely read column and has done nothing for three years to explain what’s in the health care bill. Is he expecting the president to write and produce all the newspapers and their columns and write and produce all the news show? The media is bought and paid for by Republicans. If Freidman wants to know why people only get to hear lies about health care, he can ask his colleagues.

          I would also point out that the president has spent three years getting stuff done, while other presidents sat on their hands and passed the buck. He had to get a lot of very ugly confrontations with Congress out of the way during these years. Now we are entering in the prime exposure time for the president. He has big money to spend on ads and a ground game and he will have control of the microphone for many months and an opportunity to directly confront his feckless, lying opponents head on. I trust our president. He’s a master of timing. Anyone carping about him at this point is blowing hot air. And that, as we all know, is Freidman’s specialty.

          • 35 vcprezofan2
            May 27, 2012 at 8:59 pm

            Ta, JG. I respect your taking time to remind of PBO’s efforts. Me, I refuse to make any effort to justify the action of a man whom I see doing more than anyone else. When the media critics, experts, analysts, or all the others start doing THEIR job with the same level of commitment and integrity as PBO I’ll throw some attention their way. Till then their opinions matter zilch to me.

        • 36 Pamela
          May 27, 2012 at 7:53 pm

          VC speaks for me this weekend, Mr. President! We Stand With You! 🙂

          • 37 vcprezofan2
            May 27, 2012 at 8:35 pm

            Hi Love, I see you ‘re peeking in as per usual. 🙂 You seem relaxed, so good for you!

      • 38 nathkatun7
        May 27, 2012 at 7:45 pm

        Apparently you have not been reading or listening to all the speeches President Obama and VP Biden have been giving. This surprises me since Chipsticks has meticulously made every effort to cover them on this blog. In my judgement, people like Friedman are trying to hide the media’s complicity in either completely refusing to cover what the President and the Vice-President say, or purposely distorting what they say. I also hate it when supporters of the president repeat the false meme that President Obama and the Democrats are bad at messaging. I am sorry but I reject Friedman’s ploy to blame the President for what the media has done. President Obama knows that the national media is hostile and will not let the message of his accomplishments be communicated with the American people. That’s why every chance he gets he talks to local/ state media.

    • 39 prettyfoot58
      May 27, 2012 at 4:00 pm

      when anyone says that PBO is the worse anything…i wonder at their motives..what are they trying to convey with their comments….it is not an unbiased opinion…and i know that this man has won awards…but that does not mean that he is an objective observer…

      these comments only make me want to work harder for the President..

      • 40 forus50
        May 27, 2012 at 4:09 pm

        to put it in context he said the worst he’s seen in explaining his accomplishments. Which isn’t saying much since no president in my lifetime (BUT Pres. Obama) has accomplished anything to speak of. Most of them however were very good about explaining things they accomplished in their mind…world peace, job creation, debt reduction, etc.

        • May 27, 2012 at 4:15 pm

          Not the Presidents fault. Congressional democrats and republicans, yes!
          half the Democratic party get all their donations from special interests, the special interests that the President is fighting against.
          Hence, the problem with messaging…

        • 45 prettyfoot58
          May 27, 2012 at 5:22 pm

          i still think that it is a knock on the President…If the MSM did a good a job revealing the facts and pointing out lies…folks would know….but be it FOX or CNN…or MSNBC unless it is a negative….you would never hear about it….

          i believe that there is a conscious assault on the Middle class and the poor….that there is a conscious assault on unions and workers rights…on women’s rights….on voters rights…

          when the so called PL mouth the words of the right…whether they intend to or not…they become the foot soldiers of the right’s agenda….

          and the MSM has shown time and time again….that they carry the water for the right’s agenda….

          however that being said….

          it is up to us…the foot soldiers for unions….women….the poor….to fight back….because there is no standing on the sidelines in this battle…because the stakes are much too high…

          WE MUST WIN…


          • 46 sabreen60
            May 27, 2012 at 5:55 pm

            I don’t know HOW Dems or Repubs get on political shows or the news. What I do know is for months and months, Repubs have the lion share of interviews on the Sunday political shows. Frankly, I’m sick of people blaming the Democrats for not getting their message out. What are they suppose to do? Put a gun to the heads of the powers-that-be of corporate media. Look at Chuck Todd, Andrea Mitchell, David Gregory, all of CNN, etc. Helen Thomas said years ago that the myth of the “liberal media” is just that – a myth. TV media and most of print media have made it plain that they lean right and any positive reporting on President Obama is ALWAYS going to have caveat. PBO did good, BUT…..

            I know some Dems have run away from ACA, but give me a break. Every time a Dem is on one of these Sunday talk shows with 3 or 4 Repbus, he/she can hardly get a word in edgewise.

            It is true that President Obama talks about his successes all the time. But how often does the MSM televise his speeches? If if was not for TOD and a few other sites, we wouldn’t have the positive things President Obama and his administration is doing. Thanks to TOD, etc. we can tweet the links and information in our attempt to get the info out there. My opinion of the MSM – fuck the MSM. They are owned by corporations and their allegiance is clear.

        • 47 nathkatun7
          May 27, 2012 at 8:24 pm

          “Most of them however were very good about explaining things they accomplished in their mind…world peace, job creation, debt reduction, etc.” What specifically did “most” of those other Presidents do differently from what President Obama and VP Biden have been doing? I am sorry but hogwash that is deemed valid because people repeat it over and over again. I’ve lived under nine presidents, and I consider President Obama to be one the most effective communicator. Unfortunately his message can’t get through if the media is determined to block it or to filter it in such way that people are fed misinformation.

      • 48 jackiegrumbacher
        May 27, 2012 at 5:50 pm

        They should make you want to work harder. A lot of biased people win awards–look at Jake Tapper. That doesn’t mean they have more common sense than you do. Freidman has been unreadable for years. He is very fond of himself and has an exaggerated opinion of his own importance.

      • 49 nathkatun7
        May 27, 2012 at 8:17 pm

        I agree with you prettyfoot58! I think Friedman is trying to cover up the failure of the media. All of us who visit this and other pragmatic sites know of the President’s accomplishments. Then how come the majority of the people who rely on the mainstream media don’t know about those accomplishments that Friedman listed? Has he even bothered to listen to the speeches that both the President and VP have been giving in different parts of the country? Is it the President’s fault that the media prefer to cover, over and over again, manufactured controversies rather than report on what the President said. Case in point: when the President launched his campaign in Columbus, Ohio, he gave a magnificent speech listing all his accomplishments that Friedman listed. But do you know what the media were obsessed with? They were obsessed with the size of the crowd. Another case in point: Just a few days ago, the President gave another excellent speech in Iowa, again touting all his accomplishments, but the media was still obsessing over the Cory Booker’s dumb statement about just one campaign commercial. People may not be aware of the record of President Obama’s accomplishments. The reason is not because President Obama and his team has failed to communicate the message. The reason is because of the blocs, blockades, and filters that the media uses to prevent President Obama’s message from reaching the people. Friedman should check out the Sunday news shows which are loaded with Republicans, and which rely on repeating Republican talking points, to drown out the message from the minuscule number of Democrats who are now and then allowed to appear. Besides, Isn’t it the responsibility of the Press who know the President’s accomplishments to report truthfully about those accomplishments? Yet all we get from the media are manufactured controversies, regurgitation of right wing talking points, and obsession with polls, and especially negative polls about the President.

  9. 51 whatisworking
    May 27, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    Good Afternoon TOD

    Just got back from doing a local Farmer Market. We talked to about 50 folks, sold Obama / Bident buttons and passed out the wallet size “50 Top Accomplishments of president Obama” handouts as well as the chart on job creation. 2 folks signed “i’m In” cards and we got a lot of smiles and waves. It was a wonderful way to spend 2.5 hours.

    In our area Farmers Markets are exploding, I highly recommend taking a card table and attending these type of events.

    It was wonderful, plus it gives you an excuse to buy healthy food at reasonable prices.

  10. 53 DivasMom
    May 27, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Can someone post George Will, calling Donald Trump, an ingnoramus on MTP today.

  11. 58 DivasMom
    May 27, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    Sorry ignoramus!

  12. 59 Ladyhawke
    May 27, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    MSNBC’s Up With Chris Hayes To Be First Sunday Show To Host Experts Blaming GOP For Gridlock


    Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein, two well-respected, centrist congressional experts, will make their first Sunday talk show appearance on the June 3 edition of MSNBC’s Up with Chris Hayes after being largely ignored by the media following their recent conclusion that Republicans are responsible for the current “dysfunctional” Congress.

    On today’s edition of his show, Hayes announced that Mann and Ornstein would make their “long-awaited, controversial first appearance on a national Sunday news program” to discuss their Washington Post op-ed and new book detailing the causes of political gridlock in Washington.



  13. 68 Dudette
    May 27, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Hey, where’s that reception thingy come from! Chips snuck that in there. 🙂

  14. 69 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    May 27, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Reminding #chickenhawkMitt he’ll never escape his past ….


  15. May 27, 2012 at 5:57 pm

  16. 71 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    May 27, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    This explains it …. 😉


  17. May 27, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    On the road—heading back to Il. from a fam visit in Ct. Grabbed a Hartford Courant newspaper this a.m., front page story about ultra-wealthy Greenwich Ct. as ground zero for Romney fundraising—-other than Manhattan upper east side this is where most of his donations are coming from. And there was a big story about a big fundraiser that was recently held in one of the mansions with millionaires and zillionaires —-hedge fund people, Repub Linda McMahon, who is going to give it another go in the senate race—spent 50 million of her own money to no avail in 2008—maybe she’ll spend 100 mill this time. Lots of other political and Bain execs and other billionaires—–but was surprised to see NBA’s Grant Hill was in attendance!!! What in the world is his problem? There was some lame quote from him saying he was a card-carrying Dem and supported Obama in ’08 but wants everyone to work together—–or something—-as his excuse for being there. Inexcusable. The article ends with this Ned Lamont quote: “A lot of the real high-end Wall Street guys took a flyer on Obama last time. Obama won Greenwich 4 years ago, and that has not happened since LBJ (that a Dem won there). That will not happen this time. We’ve lost a fair number of Wall St. guys, but Obama will win Connecticut, and he’ll be the next president.”

  18. 76 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    May 27, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    A worthwhile sound track as We Move Forward, Together ….


  19. 78 Dakota
    May 27, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Re-Post from this morning

    Afternoon/Evening TOD Family!

    We are home from our WONDERFUL trip to Brazil! I’m still on Brazil time, but I wanted to check in and let everyone know what a beautiful, interesting country that Brazil is…the people are wonderful and beautiful also. We were in Rio and in Salvador, Bahia, two completely different cities, but equally amazing. They LOVE our President down there also. I’ll tell you about that experience later. Hope everyone has been well.

  20. 79 relellit
    May 27, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    Good evening TODville and chips

    I cannot believe Meet the Press had the Mayor of Los Angeles Antonio Villaraigosa who criticized our President over, guess what ? Bain Capital! What is it with these democrats do they want to win in 2012? MTP has became a right wing bastion with a right wing surrogate, David Gregory, as host. The only liberal was EJ Dionne. 3-1, well actually 4 counting David Gregory is just not a fair representation of liberalism.

    How can Carly Fiona (sp) be credible when she outsourced Hewlett Packard? For the Mayor of Los Angeles Antonio Villaraigosa to say President Obama’s ad were fact checked to be a lie is despicable.


    Sick of the Lies.

    I brought this over from another thread someone posted here earlier .

    Romney admits Bain ‘didn’t create’ jobs in 9 sec

    Mitt lies a Lot! So do the coporate Democratic toadies.

  21. 81 vcprezofan2
    May 27, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    I think Smartypants via the NYT may have stumbled onto the identity of Mitt’s best fan and the reason for his devotion.


  22. 82 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    May 27, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Veterans Against Walker

    And, great tweets from DWS:


  23. 84 Ceb
    May 27, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    Good evening everyone.

    To our veterans and their families, thank you for your service. We are truly thankful.

    Memorial Day in North East Florida:

    Gas prices are 3.39 to 3.45

    Tropical Storm Beryl bearing toward the coast; heavy rains expected tonight. All events are cancelled.

    The silver lining: rain will help the draught situation that much of the state has been dealing with for years.

  24. May 27, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    After nearly two weeks of heated debate over whether President Obama should attack Republican Mitt Romney’s tenure at a private-equity firm, Democratic leaders across the country say they are largely united behind the strategy, even as some concede an uncertain outcome and new polls show Obama has lost ground nationally.

    The Democratic leaders, in numerous interviews over the last week, said they are hearing little or no resistance among the party faithful in their states to a strategy that Republicans have characterized as anti-capitalist. And Obama has no plans to back off; his campaign will roll out more stories in the coming weeks that advisers said will again show Bain Capital as a corporate menace that protects profits at the expense of people and jobs.

    “He wanted to have this conversation,” Jim Burn, chairman of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, said of Romney, the likely GOP nominee. “We’re going to have it. There should be no hesi-ta-tion or equivocation.”


    • 86 amk for obama
      May 27, 2012 at 9:20 pm

      And Obama has no plans to back off; his campaign will roll out more stories in the coming weeks that advisers said will again show Bain Capital as a corporate menace that protects profits at the expense of people and jobs.

      Excellent. He is forcing the americans to have this conversation, whether they like it or not, and expose how extreme the capitalism has gone in search of unhealthy profits. The pigs from the both parties who suckle on the teats of corporates will naturally squeal and their shills, the media, will amplify their noises. The personal guts and conviction of one man are simply amazing to me. America is at the tipping point in its history. Unlike the previous decades, the information is now available to voters at their fingertips, literally, if they choose to look for it. Hopefully the voters will think for themselves and check the downward spiral of their country.

      • 87 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
        May 27, 2012 at 9:49 pm

        And, just ordinary citizens are into contributing their own videos ….


        • 88 amk for obama
          May 27, 2012 at 10:06 pm

          Already tweeted it, Bob. Twice with different wordings. We need to make this go viral as a part of free, our own “citizens united” pac. 🙂

          I am horrified how the right wing always does horrible things under patriotic sounding names.

    • 89 Sharon
      May 27, 2012 at 9:21 pm

      I think that the reason why these videos of workers who lost their jobs hits home with the public is that they all have seen this scenario played out in their own towns, often by hostile takeovers, even if not by Bain. The town I live in lost a good many industries that way. All the homegrown ones. They operated for awhile, but eventually the facilities in town were closed. This prevailed throughout the country in those days.

      • 90 jackiegrumbacher
        May 27, 2012 at 10:03 pm

        Sharon–You’re right. All across the US small towns have crumbled because the main industry was shut down. People walk the streets and somehow continue to live, but the town is dead. There’s no there there anymore. The ads are powerful because the forces that brought these towns to their knees have always seemed far away and unknowable. The ads put a face on the town-destroying force–Willard Romney. It’s driving the GOP nuts.

  25. 91 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    May 27, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    He has not ‘lost ground nationally’ ….


    • 92 jacquelineoboomer
      May 27, 2012 at 8:41 pm

      Thanks for sharing those, Bobfr! Big time HOPE for 2012, and shame on our media!

    • 93 anniebella
      May 27, 2012 at 9:06 pm

      Thank you Jeff Gauvin,The media will ignore polls which shows Obama winning and pick the ones shows him tied or losing ground. We all know it’s going to be a tough battle, that’s why we have to get out to vote. Don’t even think that it’s going to be a cakewalk, or it’s going to be a landslide, every darn vote is going to count and we need every darn vote.

      • 94 jackiegrumbacher
        May 27, 2012 at 10:06 pm

        Anniebella, I don’t know any Democrat who’s taking this election for granted. If anything, they’re sweating it because they want PBO’s re-election so much. Some people get motivated by bad news. I personally need lots of hope to run on.

    • May 27, 2012 at 9:20 pm

      Interesting comment PBO made in IOWA a few days was when he repeated that line about this election being close. Primarily because of the Super-Pac, but then, he also said 2008 was close. I thought he trounced McCain in the end. So, yes I’m not going to rest on my laurels and think he’s got it, but I thought PBO’s comparison to 2008 being ‘close’ is a positive outlook that he will continue his Presidency.

      What we need now is that his coat-tails are so large and long, he drags every Dem with him to Washington so Congress is given back to Nancy Smash and there are enough majorities in both branches to complete PBOs policies.

  26. 96 Pamela
    May 27, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    Hello! Having a wonderful time! Wish you were here! 😆 😆 😆

  27. 97 jacquelineoboomer
    May 27, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    While everyone takes a long weekend to rest from daily issues, I’m sure many of us are in somewhat of a reflective mood, this Memorial Day. Our first thoughts go to our fallen heroes, of course. But this story just reminded me of another reason why we need to stop and think a bit before complaining about things we may not have or may not be able to control in our own lives.

    I was watching “A Necessary Journey” on one of the PBS channels, about a woman who fled her native Vietnam in 1975, and had returned to help her people with a group, there to provide assistance, including urgent medical care, at various spots around the country. You may have seen it. (The group provided medical care to numerous people, young and old, many of whom could then lead much better lives, including the woman I’m mentioning here.)

    The visitor and her group visited a leprosy colony during the filming, and she sat down with an old woman resident there, named Grandma Tiny, who lived in very poor and humble surroundings, to see what problems she was having. She very respectfully told the old resident, “We are here to see if you would like for us to do an exam on your health, if you are healthy, if you have any complaints, if you have any issues or open [leprosy] sores, you need to tell us so we can take care of you.”

    Grandma Tiny responded very sincerely, “Well, if you really have to know, I have been here 50 years, and I am 77 years old. My husband died before I got here. I have no children. I am blind now and I have no feet. I can’t see, I can’t walk, I have no children, I have no food, I virtually have nothing that links me to this world. Now, what sort of problem are you looking for?”

    • 98 jackiegrumbacher
      May 27, 2012 at 10:13 pm

      Puts everything into perspective, doesn’t it JB. “I have nothing that links me to this world” is the ultimate statement of someone for whom help and compassion of any sort has never been available. She has been utterly and completely alone for 50 years. That she survived at all is a miracle.

      • 99 jacquelineoboomer
        May 27, 2012 at 10:59 pm

        Yes, Jackie, you are right. Her story had an uplifting ending (she was helped greatly), but I didn’t want to ruin it for anyone who hadn’t seen it yet.

        The woman with the foundation who visited was so moved by the experience with Grandma Tiny. She talked about what she had learned from her, one of the most heartwarming of which was that she realized that some “problems” can’t be “touched” by human hands.

  28. May 27, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Think it’s pretty amazing that headlines were screaming about rising gas prices and saying it was really going to doom Obama—–and now with prices dropping—–not a peep. We paid $3.43, 3.45 in Pa. and Oh today.

  29. 105 auni
    May 27, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    Look, look, just read that Newport Beach is charging the Obama Admin. $30,000 for extra security when he made a stop there. Ultra rich, ultra Repub. stronghold. The question is–did they charge other presidents and important folks for security when they visited? How do I find out?

    • 106 isonprize
      May 27, 2012 at 9:11 pm

      They may have a freedom of information act or “sunshine” law that would allow you to ask the question. I don’t know the answer, but, while I’m not justifying the charge if it wasn’t done for other candidates, I will say that it is not unusual for small towns to ask for compensation to cover the extra shifts/hours/overtime that is needed when a candidate comes to town.

      My question would be are they looking for payment from the the Obama administration or the Obama campaign?

  30. 107 ChristiMTL
    May 27, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    Hints of Racism as the Mainstream Media Questions Obama’s Aggressiveness

    The mainstream media is subtly helping to further a racist stereotype by acting shocked and even a little afraid by the aggressiveness of Obama’s reelection campaign.


    Video of Robert Gibbs on Face the Nation

    He’s really a good surrogate, I like him

    • 108 isonprize
      May 27, 2012 at 9:13 pm

      Hints of racism? HINTS?? 😆 😆 The media is doing pretty much everything they can to try to make Pres. Obama seem like the “angry black man” Then they criticize him by describing him as aloof and ‘too calm’

      Whatever, media, WHATEVER!!! 😆 😆

    • 109 jacquelineoboomer
      May 27, 2012 at 9:36 pm

      Some day, we will pull some people in this country kicking and screaming into the 19th century.

  31. 110 Sharon
    May 27, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    Michelle’s commencement address at North Carolina will be shown on C-Span at 10 pm ET.

    • 111 anniebella
      May 27, 2012 at 9:13 pm

      I want to see that because FLOTUS did a real good job, and to those who didn’t hear her then, if you can please try to hear it now.

      • 112 jacquelineoboomer
        May 27, 2012 at 9:32 pm

        Thanks so much – I’ll watch it. My sister in North Carolina saw it earlier, and said the First Lady was remarkable.

  32. May 27, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    I heard Tweety say he thinks the Election will break in September. I was like for who?
    Then, he and Gingrich did his thing and I then saw Gingrich on MTP.
    So, on MTP, Gingrich echoed the sane thing, that it will break in September, but for Robney!
    This, of course, is rt-wing talking points. And it’s what happened to Carter.
    The only problem is, Carter had that Iran hostage Thingy going on, and the recession started in July of 1980, 3 months before the Election! Also, I can remember(in 1980), the long lines at the gas station, and many of them shutdown.
    As a result of the activity in Iran.
    So, the rt-wing message about Carter is severely flawed.
    That is all!

    • 115 anniebella
      May 27, 2012 at 9:16 pm

      Honestly, why do anyone care what Newt says. Newt call Mitt a liar, now he is out there fighting for that liar. Speaks volume of Newt doesn’t it.

    • 116 jackiegrumbacher
      May 27, 2012 at 10:17 pm

      Remember that the Democratic convention occurs at the beginning of September AFTER the R convention, so the president can step all over the messages coming out of Miami and HE will get a convention bounce. Even McCain got a boost from his convention and the polls looked good for him in September, So this is another round of hot air bouncing between walls.

  33. 117 donna dem 4 obama
    May 27, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    One Voice Can Change A Room….

    I’m Fired Up and Ready to Go!

    Hope everyone is having a safe and restful Holiday!!!

  34. 118 ChristiMTL
    May 27, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    I think this is the best Bain ad I’ve seen so far….saw a link on Twitter…..it’s not from Priorities USA or the President’s campaign so I don’t know if maybe people will see it……..they should use it!

  35. 130 anniebella
    May 27, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    Is there any video of Beyonce comeback concert in N.J.?

    • 131 anniebella
      May 27, 2012 at 9:53 pm

      In reading articles and some comments you know those haters were talking about the cost of the trip FLOTUS and the girls took to see Beyonce. My only response was, I rather my tax dollars go for the Obama girls to go to that concert, then for it to go for invading a country we had no business invading, IRAQ. A unnecessary war, which cost too many lives, and cost too much darn money. And the country was lied to about the reason for invading. And by the way, when you prove to me that you complain about all the trips Laura, Jenna, and Barbara Bush took, with us taxpayer paying the bill, show me your complaint, till then shut the “F” up.

      • 132 theo67
        May 28, 2012 at 3:03 am

        I could care less what those complainers say about the cost of the trip. That family has been entirely responsible in how they live while in the White House. Like you, I much rather that my tax dollars go to providing security for this wonderful group of people, rather than into one of Mitt Romney’s tax haven bank accounts in the Cayman Islands. I hope Michelle and the kids had a wonderful time!

  36. May 27, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Even tho That Jodi person is one of the contributors to this story, I thought this was very interesting about Miss Ann and her upper crusty, real elitism world of horse dressage—–millions of dollars and many troubling aspects. And I know why Miss Ann likes to ride.

  37. 134 lamh35
    May 27, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    Finally, some good analysis of what may be going on in Wisconsin based on factual reporting. Kay is the best of all the front pagers at BJ when it comes to on the street posting about campaign workers and foot soldiers. Here’s her take on the WI recall and I happen to agree with her.

    More on Wisconsin

  38. May 27, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    9:15 AM
    Obama and Michelle Obama host a breakfast in honor of Gold Star Families.
    11:00 AM
    Obama lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier; Michelle Obama also attends.
    11:20 AM
    Obama delivers remarks at Arlington National Cemetery; Michelle Obama also attends.
    1:50 PM
    Obama delivers remarks at the Vietnam War Memorial: Biden, Michelle Obama and Jill Biden attend.

  39. May 27, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Florida is telling hundreds of eligible citizens they are ineligible to vote. I keep seeing that Holder and DOJ are on the case, but what is going on? What are they doing? This stuff happening in Fl. and many other states is preposterous.

    • May 27, 2012 at 10:18 pm

      Me thinks, it’s all timing. I hope they are waiting until last minute, to order Florida, to uphold voting rights act.
      Because, they will take him to Court, and most likely find a rightwing judge to overthrow!
      Btw- Ever since that KBL trial in NYC Thingy, Holder seems a bit tentative and shell shocked.

  40. May 27, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    pssst, new thread y’all

  41. 139 amk for obama
    May 27, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    From bwd, a vid on gopolitico

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