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Picture Imperfect

Vice President Biden greets Barbra Bush and Jenna Bush-Hager

Karl Rove and former White House press secretary Dana Perino


253 Responses to “Picture Imperfect”


  1. 1 sabreen60
    May 31, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    Could I be first?

  2. 8 Jessica
    May 31, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    You wrong! Lol.

  3. May 31, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Chips, you’re simply the best.

  4. 10 ChristiMTL
    May 31, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Oh my, I just noticed the height difference between FLOTUS and Laura Bush…..

    • 11 pugeretto
      May 31, 2012 at 4:43 pm

      Christi, someone beat me to it below, I was going to tell you to check out Laura’s look on her face. Anyway, Hi Chips, good one Chips…we can always count on you. That’s the least Rove deserves ha

    • June 1, 2012 at 12:16 am

      Does Laura have her hand on Michelle’s butt in that picture? And would that explain the demented look on her face?

  5. 14 Asher in Boston
    May 31, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Lol. this is too funny, bush’s head is really a bush.

  6. 16 PoliticalJunkessa
    May 31, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    FLOTUS and her dress are lovely.

    Are these the pics that have folks on the last thread talking about our President looking sad and that he’s saying goodbye to us? Chile please! LOL! *snort*

    • 17 lisalovesobama
      May 31, 2012 at 4:04 pm

      I just ran across that comment. the biggest, steamiest pile of dung I’ve ever seen. There’s a big difference between honestly taking stock of all the big, dirty nasty money being thrown at you and your campaign and throwing in the towel. It’s going to be a difficult campaign, not because Willard is competition, but because of that bitch Citizens United and Rove and his hoes.

    • 21 ChristiMTL
      May 31, 2012 at 4:20 pm

      I know, it was weird! It looked like they were saying goodbye?…..

      They looked the same to me! Upbeat, gracious, classy,

      The only thing that demoralized me was seeing Bush in the WH…..Ha!…

    • 23 anniebella
      May 31, 2012 at 6:17 pm

      PJ, I am glad I didn’t come across that comment. Who the hell would say something like that? President Obama is going to fight and fight hard for re-election, and we saw FLOTUS on the View and she said she was going to work hard for her husband to win.

      • 24 anniebella
        May 31, 2012 at 6:20 pm

        And I am willing to do all I can to see to it that we are bless with four more years of POTUS and FLOTUS. I know we all are willing to do all we can to help.

      • 25 PoliticalJunkessa
        May 31, 2012 at 6:33 pm

        Indeed, anniebella. They were born for this 🙂

  7. May 31, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Looks like Bush needs a haircut. Looks like Laura needs some vitamins.

  8. 33 sabreen60
    May 31, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    What’s up with the stripes? The socks look like something a joker would wear.

    • May 31, 2012 at 3:24 pm

      He wore pale lavender socks for his Mitt endorsement. Maybe mother Bush has a foot fetish?

    • 35 0388jojothecat
      May 31, 2012 at 4:01 pm

      Maybe those are the only socks that keep his feets warm. Poppy is in worse shape than Jimmy Carter and they’re both born in the same year (Carter is only four months younger). The Carters practiced good, clean, moral living all their lives which keeps you healthy.

  9. 36 sherijr
    May 31, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    well done Ms Chips… a picture indeed does say a thousand words.. + some 🙂

  10. 37 Linda
    May 31, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    20 Democrats vote for the phoney abortion selection bill.

    http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll299.xml

    I will NEVER give the DNC a penny.

    • May 31, 2012 at 3:26 pm

      Give to the congress critter of your choice. That way, your contributions are used by the person of your intent. The DNC cannot control how a Dem votes, once they’re in office. Sounds like some blue dogs still there.

  11. 39 SueBee
    May 31, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Can I just say how much I LOVEEEEEE Chips! I’m having an awful awful week and she made me laugh…thank you! 🙂 🙂

  12. 40 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    May 31, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    #BainMitt clearly would have starved had he not inherited his wealth …

    And, then Rove releases a hit piece that has definitely backfired …

    All on the same day shrub is unveiled at the WH 😀 😀 😀

    Voter suppression is their only hope.

    #AmericaThisIsNotATest

    #PRESSON

    • 41 Arnie
      May 31, 2012 at 6:55 pm

      I’m usually not the Chicken Little type, but I gotta admit, all the $$$ that Romney’s gonna have at his disposal due to Citizen’s United has got me a little nervous.

  13. 42 LOL
    May 31, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Oh…I so needed this post. People were being ri-freaking-dicolous on that last post.

    • May 31, 2012 at 3:26 pm

      Weird shit, LOL. Truly weird.

    • May 31, 2012 at 3:29 pm

      yep, I think the Pubs have gotten something in the water supply. Maybe there’s some subliminal messaging going on that are passing through some folks filter of political ‘we got thisism’

      • 45 LOL
        May 31, 2012 at 3:41 pm

        But we are so much better than this. The lowest point and the only point that I ever doubted BO would win or could win was during that month long Jeremiah Wright traveling circus in April of 08. And you know what, he won. And by that, we won. With news media against us, with Sarah Palin saying that he “palled” around with terrorists, with the Repubs saying Michelle was never proud of our country…WE WON. So, why should I give a shit about whether Deval Patrick said Romney was a nice family guy? Why should I give a shit if some mayor in New Jersey looked out for his own interests, rather than that of the Presidents. All of the establishment Dems were with the Clintons in 08…and we still beat them. We put up with far more shit than this in 08. The Republicans and Karl Rove had their money and Pacs in 08. You had groups sending people in Florida brochures of how we would be governed by Sharia Law if a certain person became President. So, I just have no room for the bullshit. We faced it 08 and we won. We will face it again in 2012, and we will WIN AGAIN.

        • 46 sherijr
          May 31, 2012 at 3:48 pm

          Perfecto LOL.. most excellently stated imo.

        • 47 0388jojothecat
          May 31, 2012 at 4:05 pm

          Yeah, I agree. I don’t care if a Dem compliments a R because we are better than they are. PBO even said the Romneys are a good family, patriotic, etc, etc., so why beat up on another Dem?

        • May 31, 2012 at 4:26 pm

          I started wondering in early September after McCain had picked Palin, but prior to the financial meltdown. That lasted for only a week or so and then the polls shifted. But even in April, I wasn’t worried. I’m a bit worried now because there is far more out of his control in this election than in ’08.

          You know, four years ago, Obama was only going to lose if he did something to force that loss – a blunder, a gaffe, failed to debate well, you know, something of his OWN doing. I think most agreed that the outcome was pretty much always in his control and that the Democrats would win unless of some self-inflicted wound.

          This time, though, there are things out of his control that could hurt his chances. The economy sinking, which it could do, and might be doing, is something he can’t control now. Without any help from the Republicans, we’re basically hoping that there is enough fumes in the gas tank to get us through to November where we can kind of start things over and hopefully get a real economic package rammed through. But are almost on empty and will the economy stall out before November? If it does, I think even the biggest Obama supporters will have to concede that his reelection chances are going to be a bit more difficult. That doesn’t mean he will lose, but a tight race means it all could come down to one or two things that ultimately shifts this race in his favor or in Romney’s. Are we going to have an election more close to ’08 or to ’04? If it’s the latter, anything can happen and we’ll all be anxious entering the home stretch – far more anxious than any of us were four years ago.

          Beyond just the economy, well this ties into the economy, the whole European mess is, again, out his control. If Greece and Spain leave the Euro, it’s going to have an impact on our economy. We don’t know how grave or what, but it’s possible it hurts us and hurts the President and no amount of campaigning or smiling or working his ass off until he’s near-death is going to change that. So, there are things, unlike in ’08, that are out of his control.

          Basically, and unfortunately, this election is pretty much out of the control of either candidate. Romney won’t win it on his own and neither will Obama. Both need a shift they can’t control to win – the economy going south for Romney, and the economy gaining for Obama.

          • 49 LOL
            May 31, 2012 at 4:30 pm

            I don’t know…perhaps I’m more polyanna than not. But, my life and my finances are a hell of a lot better than they were in 08 September. The person who has been President since then is one Barack Obama. We make the mistake when we compare the President against the almighty….compare him against the alternative. This is not an abstract election. There are two competitors. This is why I have faith that we will win.

            • 50 taiping1
              May 31, 2012 at 4:42 pm

              I agree. Any everyone overlooks what Romney and the GOP stand for: end of women’s choice; tax cuts for rich only; end of Medicare and Social Security, environmental pollution, another war in the ME, Wall Street unleashed, more bashing of immigrants and LGBT. The campaign is only just beginning. It’s a mistake to focus on MSM framing. I have a lot of confidence in neighbors talking to neighbors. People I talk to know what’s at stakes. Polls are notoriously unreliable at this point: how many people do you know who pick up the phone for an unknown number? Response rate is 10%. Our job is to keep donating, writing, registering, phonebanking, talking to friends, family, LTE.

            • May 31, 2012 at 6:19 pm

              You look at it that way. But do average Americans? If the economy goes back into recession, the alternative becomes attractive. I’m not saying it will, you know, but a sketchy economy this fall really does level the playing field a bit.

              • 53 Chi
                June 1, 2012 at 3:21 am

                There are no ‘average Americans’ here. Most people on this site are very clear about what we face – contrived, manufactured, imagined and real…

                And that certainly begs the question: what’s with the Debbie Downer posts…?

        • 54 jackiegrumbacher
          May 31, 2012 at 4:50 pm

          Tell it, LOL. We can’t be jerked around by day to day events. The president takes the long view (as Michelle said, he goes big) and so should we.

        • 55 vitaminlover
          May 31, 2012 at 6:34 pm

          Spot on!!

    • May 31, 2012 at 3:52 pm

      You got that right. Damn, where did that come from?

  14. 58 daisydem
    May 31, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    I am laughing so hard; can hardly type … thank you so much for this post and the lovely pictures. I knew you’d do the right thing. Does that shrub look a little bushy to you? Going to scroll back up for others’ lovely words about this post.

  15. 59 desertflower
    May 31, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Thank you for the “Lovely” pics. Funny, I think he looks MUCH better that way.

  16. 65 desertflower
    May 31, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Abacus Federal Savings Bank, which caters to Chinese immigrants in New York and other communities, has been charged with selling hundreds of millions of dollars worth of fraudulent mortgages to Fannie Mae.

    The bank’s managers and employees schemed to falsify loan applications so that borrowers would qualify for mortgages, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said on Thursday. It then sold those mortgages to Fannie Mae, Vance said.

    Nineteen employees of the bank also were charged in the case, eight of whom have pleaded guilty. Those charged include Yiu Wah Wong, the bank’s chief credit officer, who reported to the bank’s chief executive, and loan origination supervisor Wai Hung “Raymond” Tam.

    The charges include grand larceny, conspiracy, residential mortgage fraud and falsifying business records.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/05/31/us-abacus-mortgage-fraud-idUSBRE84U10920120531

  17. May 31, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Beautiful pictures! Bush behind a bush, too funny!

  18. 67 desertflower
    May 31, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    THIS! Is ROmney going with the “Nananana” ground game?

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/05/31/11993578-quote-of-the-day?lite

  19. May 31, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    If anniebella is reading, I want to answer a question posed in the early morning thread that went unanswered.

    She asked (I’m assuming anniebella is a she, so, if I’m wrong, scold me if you must!) if tomorrow’s jobs report was going to be good or bad, so, I thought I’d answer.

    The ADP released their figures this morning which showed the economy gaining 133,000 jobs in May. This is different than the government’s numbers and an uptick from April, however, still below the 150,000 needed to keep up with population growth. Generally, anything less than 150,000 means the economy is either stagnant or slowing – depending on how far from 150,000 we get. 133,000 isn’t a bad overall number, but below government estimates, which predict the economy will gain 150,000 jobs in May.

    Now, the ADP has been wrong before in their predictions, so, it’s not set in stone tomorrow’s report will be less than 150,000. Of course, last month, economists expected the economy to create 160,000 jobs and it only created, I believe, a little over 110,000 – well below their expectations. I noticed, last month, the ADP’s release showed a lower-than-expected total, but economists dismissed it and suggested they were underestimating certain factors. Well, when Friday rolled around and the report was released, we saw firsthand that ADP’s numbers were right on and the economy gained far less jobs than expected.

    So, the ADP can be a valuable predictor for the government report. If they’re right and the economy only gained 133,000 jobs, the narrative will be mixed. On one hand, it’s an improvement over the last two months. On the other, it’s still less than 150,000 and it’s a very weak number overall, continuing the fear that America’s economy is slipping back again.

    Now, it’s possible, like I said, they’re absolutely off and the numbers the government release tomorrow could be as expected, which would be a better mix of news, but still far from the numbers needed for a booming economy, or maybe they’re much better and we’re closer to 200,000 than anyone ever really anticipated. If that’s the case, things will be good for Obama. It will help ease fears about the economy and I think we can all breathe heading into an important stretch of jobs reports that will set the mood for the country.

    Of course, there is also the concern, or fear, that these numbers are optimistic and the growth is well below 133,000. If that’s the case, if gains mirror what we saw in March & April, it’s not going to be pretty. The media will pounce, the Republicans will pounce and fears will heighten that we’re well on our way back into a recession. Expect a lot of negative stories about the economy, specifically on the heels of a horrible May for the stock market and the growing concerns from Europe.

    For what it’s worth, the ADP was woefully off on their report for March. They predicted a gain of over 200,000 and the market was well below that. So, all these predictions and reports can be way off the ultimate numbers.

    So, we’ll see what they are tomorrow. I’d expect 130,000-150,000. If it’s better than that, good news. If it’s worse than that, bad news.

    • 69 japa21
      May 31, 2012 at 3:47 pm

      I suspect you are correct, but I also think we will see upward revisions of the previous 2 months.

      • May 31, 2012 at 3:51 pm

        Probably. And I hate that the revisions aren’t widely reported. The damage is done the day those job numbers are released and the narrative is quickly set, even if, a month later, we found out the employment situation wasn’t nearly as bad as we thought.

    • May 31, 2012 at 4:02 pm

      That’s a terrific explanation DI, thanks a million.

    • 72 anniebella
      May 31, 2012 at 4:45 pm

      Drunken Irishmen, thanks for the info. Relying on ADP haven’t been to wise here recently. Let’s just pray for the best. And yes I am a lady.

      • 73 anniebella
        May 31, 2012 at 4:50 pm

        This is the way the Republicans want the economy to be. We have to re-elect President Obama and get rid of as many of those do nothing Republicans, it is so important that we do that.

  20. May 31, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Ha, ha, ha. Chips, these pictures made me spit my coffee and are so fitting!

    • 77 Linda
      May 31, 2012 at 4:03 pm

      That Doctor needs to be removed from ER duty…permanently and if that Hospital get Federal Money…they need to be fined.

  21. 78 57andfemale
    May 31, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Funny:

    “Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone mocked the the Romney campaign’s efforts. “Thank you for the bubbles,” Curtatone said. “It’s a hell of a lot better than the smoke Mitt Romney blew at us ten years ago and that he’s blowing across America!”

    The childishness of the Romney campaign is beyond the pale and from Romney’s comments today he’s proud of it. “So your old man”? That is the level of political discourse this buffoon wants to have in order to be leader of the free world? Are you freaking serious?!?!

    They blew bubbles at David Axelrod. Romney aides. And Romney’s proud. Unbelievable.

    • 79 anniebella
      May 31, 2012 at 4:31 pm

      This is the childish kind of things the high school Mitt Romney would do. I would expect Romney to be proud, unless it was done to him, any other candidate for the office of the President would not support behavior like this. I don’t believe President Obama would, but that’s just another difference between Obama and Romney.

      • 80 57andfemale
        May 31, 2012 at 4:50 pm

        And today the lying sack of s*** said that the Obama campaigns ‘send its people’ to do the same.

        The hell it does. If there’s someone heckling Romney they don’t need the Obama campaign to bus them in. They’re happy to do it on their own.

    • 81 Cha
      May 31, 2012 at 5:10 pm

      AWESOME RETORT! Thank you so much, 57 for reporting! The bubbles represent the inability to have a coherent plan. All they got is freaking bubbles from idiots.

      • 82 57andfemale
        May 31, 2012 at 5:22 pm

        I don’t know how I am still shocked by this. I cannot get my brain around how close this lying idiot is to the handles of power. After the last lying idiot sent us into global economic chaos. And most voters don’t have a freaking clue.

  22. 84 Linda
    May 31, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    MIAMI, May 31 (Reuters) – A Florida election law requiring third-party groups to turn in voter registration forms within 48 hours is “harsh and impractical,” a federal judge ruled on Thursday.

    U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle blocked enforcement of that provision, but left intact most of the election law passed last year by the state’s Republican-controlled legislature.

    The League of Women voters had challenged the law, which carried a $1,000-a-day fine for failing to meet the time requirement. The group said the requirement was so onerous that it stopped holding voter registration drives in Florida.

  23. May 31, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Chipstick you missed your callinging lol. Graphic comedian of the blog world. I love those pictures

  24. 88 Linda
    May 31, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    oh dear…

  25. May 31, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Oh lovely, Karl Rove turned up too:

  26. 101 Proud Former White House Intern
    May 31, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😭😂😭😭

  27. 102 donna dem 4 obama
    May 31, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    OMG Chips I hollered when I signed on and saw this….You are so bad!!!!!!!!!!! 😆 😆 :lol”

  28. 104 Linda
    May 31, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    NYT: Fox Video Producer’s CNN Job Offer Revoked

    The Fox and Friends producer who put together the controversial ”four years of hope and change” video for the morning news show was set to take a job at CNN. But the NY Times’ Jeremy Peters reports that his offer has been revoked.

    —-

    TeaNN was going for a Fox Employee? Aren’t their ratings bad enough already ?

    • 105 ChristiMTL
      May 31, 2012 at 4:32 pm

      Geeezz yea that’s a good one……they’re really not changing their path do they? Going after FOX viewers….the only reason why CNN is doing this is because it would have come out eventually.

      What that producer did is illegal….but hey, it never stopped them before.

    • 106 anniebella
      May 31, 2012 at 4:35 pm

      Linda, We have said all along that CNN was becoming more like Fox, we weren’t lying.

    • 107 Cha
      May 31, 2012 at 5:20 pm

      Jason Easley did an excellent job of reporting on this cnn loss of viewership yesterday..

      “CNN’s abandonment of news to climb in bed with the tea party has turned into an epic disaster as the network has lost 52% of its viewers.

      In a month where all three cable networks had ratings declines, no one did as badly as CNN. The network lost 52% of their total viewers (Run, Anderson, run. Imagine what a Cooper/Maddow primetime could do for MSNBC). Wolf Blitzer’s The Situation Room was down 46% in total viewers and 61% in the demo. How bad for have things gotten for CNN? In my recent travels, I passed through four airports, and not a single one had CNN on. The channel that I have been seeing more public televisions tuned to is The Weather Channel. Yes, even the weather is more interesting than CNN”.

      http://www.politicususa.com/cnn-moves-right-loses-viewers.html

      • 108 ChristiMTL
        May 31, 2012 at 5:49 pm

        52%…yickes I knew it was bad but not that bad

      • May 31, 2012 at 5:56 pm

        Which reminds me—on our recent travels, stops at many motels—no FOXNews on in the breakfast rooms this time. It was either CNN or CBS or ABC. It saved me semi-embarrassment, well, Mr. Dotster’s anyway. I was always climbing up on coffee tables to change the chanel from FOX in the past—–to the bewilderment and amusement of the other breakfasteers.

      • 110 PoliticalJunkessa
        May 31, 2012 at 6:32 pm

        Good. Of course that means the clueless execs will go further to the right. Wouldn’t want to get in the business of actually reporting news on a NEWS channel, now would we?

        But anyway, good.

    • 111 theo67
      May 31, 2012 at 7:26 pm

      How can CNN even justify trying to hire someone for their network who comes from a lying tabloid like Fox “News”? They really have lost every shred of credibility now.

  29. 112 ChristiMTL
    May 31, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Ok now he’s not guilty count 3, mistrial others charges….

  30. 114 desertflower
    May 31, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    I would like to make a little “dedication” to this thread 🙂 Here you go George:)

  31. 115 tally
    May 31, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Hey all – please go sign this WH petition :
    Info – http://letthemeatchicken.com/
    Petition: https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions/#!/petition/withdraw-usdas-proposed-rule-modernization-poultry-slaughter-inspection-docket-fsis-2011-0012/2cM5xVGX

    (1) Poultry inspection should be performed by trained USDA inspectors, not company employees. (2) The proposal to increase inspection line speeds up to the point where the remaining USDA inspectors must inspect three chickens per second is absurd. Such increased line speeds would only benefit the chicken slaughter industry, not American consumers. (3) USDA’s claim that the new poultry inspection system will improve food safety is untrue. Food & Water Watch’s analysis of USDA’s HIMP pilot project – the pilot project upon which the proposed new inspection system is based – revealed that large numbers of food safety defects are routinely missed when inspection tasks are performed by company employees instead of USDA inspectors.

  32. 116 57andfemale
    May 31, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Wow, LL:

    We had to struggle with the old enemies of peace–business and financial monopoly, speculation, reckless banking, class antagonism, sectionalism, war profiteering.

    They had begun to consider the Government of the United States as a mere appendage to their own affairs. We know now that Government by organized money is just as dangerous as Government by organized mob.

    —Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Address Announcing the Second New Deal

    From LL’s excellent new piece at TPV: http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2012/05/why-they-want-to-buy-mitt.html

  33. May 31, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    Crikey, someone at Gallup will lose their job for producing these results:

    U.S. unemployment, as measured by Gallup without seasonal adjustment, dropped to 8.0% in May, a new low since Gallup began measuring employment in 2010, and more than a full percentage-point decline from May 2011. Gallup’s seasonally adjusted number for May is 8.3%, down from 8.6% in April. However, that remains higher than the seasonally adjusted low of 7.9% recorded in January 2012.

    http://www.gallup.com/poll/155000/Unemployment-Drops-May-New-Unadjusted-Low.aspx?utm_source=alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=syndication&utm_content=morelink&utm_term=All%20Gallup%20Headlines?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=gallupnews&utm_campaign=syndication

  34. 126 donna dem 4 obama
    May 31, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Mrs. Bush looks quite lovely….and that is all I’m gonna say!

  35. 129 Byo
    May 31, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    We are better than this! Pls, pls remove the “covers” on Bush’s face. He was president of the country. Karl rove, I don’t care.

    • May 31, 2012 at 4:39 pm

      No apologies Byo, he’ll get no respect from me – ever. He started an illegal war that cost thousands of lives, and cheated his way to a second term. And that’s only the tip of the iceberg. So, **** him.

      • 131 desertflower
        May 31, 2012 at 4:41 pm

        Amen.

      • 132 ChristiMTL
        May 31, 2012 at 4:43 pm

        Amen Chips…

        • 133 daisydem
          May 31, 2012 at 5:31 pm

          Just want to add my two cents here for what it is worth; I suffered thru niceties regarding george W bush on Inauguration Day when he stood side by side with my President and I felt that proper respect should be accorded him and his father, the senior Bush who was in a wheelchair (and who bought his son a Presidency), but that is over with and though today marks another tradition with Presidents, I see no reason to want to see the pictures. I knew my President and his wife would handle things appropriately, as I said earlier, with dignity, grace, because they are so much cooler than I am. But I was hurt by the 8 years this man was Rove and Cheney’s puppet in the White House and I see no reason to have to look at his face today. He maintains a low profile in part because he has to. Even when he was to appear in Canada, the Canadians did not want him. You may find that sad; I find it just what is. As I said, I saw an expression on his face on the anniversary of 911 this past year that told me all I needed to know. He knows. He knows what his presidency did to this country! But I do like seeing the pics of my President and First Lady and VP Joe Biden at these affairs, so I appreciate being able to do so.

      • 134 Tally
        May 31, 2012 at 4:51 pm

        Not to mention they stole it TWICE.

        I’ll never forget election night 2000, when the networks had called Florida for Gore, and Shrub was in his living room pouting like a 5 year-old, saying, MY BROTHER PROMISED ME FLORIDA!!!!

        Then…. as if by magic…..

        Just like the numbers magically flipped in 2004 after Karen Hughes told Shrub to write his concession speech in the afternoon when all the exit polls had Kerry winning big.

        I hate e-voting and e-counting and e-servers with the fury of a thousand suns.

        • 135 daisydem
          May 31, 2012 at 5:33 pm

          And then when the Presidency was handed to Bush, both times, the sun dimmed and my shoulders slumped.

      • 136 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
        May 31, 2012 at 4:55 pm

        He was NEVER a duly elected President of the United States of America.

        And, Chips, you do us all a great service by hiding that hideously criminal mug behind some shrub …

    • 138 ChristiMTL
      May 31, 2012 at 4:42 pm

      It would be offensive if there was NO cover on his face….no respect for that man….illegal war, torture, crashing the economy and so on.

      Funny that he can’t leave the country huh?

      No respect for Bush….former president or not…

    • 141 Cha
      May 31, 2012 at 5:22 pm

      OMZ! bushits stole the damn election and he’s a war criminal..the least Chips could do is cover his damn face with a freaking bush.

      Thanks Agains, ,CHIPS!!!

  36. May 31, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    LOL!!! Somebody dumped a lying sack of Mitt all over Karl Rove’s head!

  37. 145 desertflower
    May 31, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/05/31/493022/florida-gop-defends-purge-admits-data-flawed/

    Florida GOP Chair Admits Voter Purge Is Flawed, Says It Must Continue Anyway

    I called the DOJ today and spoke with a very nice woman there. Told her of my concerns, not just in FL but all over the country. She could not tell me specifics, of course, but she did say that they were working on this.I asked them not to wait…time is of the essence here. I think they got this:)

    • 150 57andfemale
      May 31, 2012 at 4:48 pm

      before we get too excited: this is in reference to a law passed in 2011 and NOT the voter purge currently in progress.

      It does strike down the onerous restrictions on groups like League of Women Voters and should clear the way for easier voter registrations.

      It’s a start.

    • 151 xtine
      May 31, 2012 at 4:51 pm

      Double Woot! 🙂

  38. 153 xtine
    May 31, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Chips, love the foliage in the photos. Going green!

    This comment @ Bennen’s article re: Willards staff hecklers made me laugh:

    “Wow, Romney really is a legend in his own mind. Apparently, it’s never occurred to him there might actually be people out there who don’t like him. Once again, he’s proving he’s out of touch.”

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/05/31/11993578-quote-of-the-day

    • 155 jackiegrumbacher
      May 31, 2012 at 5:13 pm

      Does this mean another trial? Does anybody know?

      • 156 desertflower
        May 31, 2012 at 5:21 pm

        I don’t know. He is a huge disappointment. Huge.

      • 157 Bill
        May 31, 2012 at 5:21 pm

        The government has the option, but most experts believe they will not retry him.

        • 158 57andfemale
          May 31, 2012 at 5:28 pm

          They won’t re-try him I don’t think.

          He’s a total sleaze and I sure know a whole lot more about that now because of the trial, but this is not what I want the DOJ spending time on.

          Let’s get after voter suppression!

          • May 31, 2012 at 6:27 pm

            Agree they will not retry—–and shouldn’t—-not with one not-guilty and hung on all the other charges. A big waste in all ways. And I agree about the sleaze. His remarks today were typical Edwards, especially the uncomfortable moments of breaking down about his extra special love of baby Quinn—other kids got a love mention— and plans to devote rest of his life to poor children. (haven’t we heard this before?)

  39. 160 Linda
    May 31, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    A U.S. Secret Service agent was put on leave this week after being caught on video driving erratically at 80 mph on a North Carolina freeway and then briefly pulling over a fellow driver before speeding away in what appears to be a case of road rage.

    Investigative reporter Stuart Watson at television station WCNC in Charlotte got the video from a tipster who recorded the incident while driving down the freeway. A spokesman for the Secret Service told WCNC that the agent, whose name was not released, had been put on paid leave while the situation is investigated.

    Caught on video

    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/

  40. 161 Linda
    May 31, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Now for some Good News.

    Some Indiana Republicans are now backing Democrat Joe Donnelly’s senate campaign in Indiana in response to GOPer Richard Mourdock’s proclamation against bipartisanship, reports the Daily Reporter:

    A half dozen members of “Republicans for Donnelly” said Thursday they were unhappy with Republican Richard Mourdock’s declaration that he would oppose bipartisanship in Washington. The group’s formation comes a few days after ousted Sen. Richard Lugar said in a television interview that he wouldn’t campaign for Mourdock.

    Anne Emison Wishard says that while she is vocal about her support she represents a silent bloc of Indianapolis Republicans disenfranchised by Mourdock.

    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/

  41. May 31, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Our Repub secretary of state is trying to pass a law where you have to take a 30 min course, before you can register voters. She says its because too many grass root organizations turned in registrations that were riddled with mistakes in 08. Yeah right. They are passing laws in the MI congress with out the required number of votes, so it will pass and probally go into “immediate effect’. She wants us to dot our i’s and cross our t’s….. It wont deter me,I will do what ever it takes to register voters.

    • May 31, 2012 at 5:06 pm

      That is what we do in Florida. OFA has trained thousands, to be officially certified.
      They also have to turn the training into Tallahassee.
      If it does happen, OFA will take care of it, and it actually makes People so mad, that their are more People who Register Voters than before.

    • 165 prettyfoot58
      May 31, 2012 at 5:22 pm

      It wont deter me,I will do what ever it takes to register voters.

      *************************************

      Right On …Right On!!!

      after listening to the video that posted in a previous post that details Fannie Lou Hammer’s ordeal …when she tried to register how she was beated and terrorized….it made me angry….tearful….but it has galvanized me ….

      and like she said….

      I AIN’T NO WAYS TIRED!!!!!!!!!

  42. May 31, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Former President Bill Clinton will head to Wisconsin Friday to campaign on behalf of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, the Democratic challenger to Republican Gov. Scott Walker in the state’s recall election next Tuesday.

    The Democratic National Committee announced the former president’s trip to Wisconsin Thursday afternoon. A press release put out by the Barrett campaign later Thursday indicated that Clinton and Barrett would team up at a rally in Milwaukee Friday afternoon.

    Clinton will be the most high profile Democratic surrogate to travel to Wisconsin to campaign for Barrett. As of now, there are no plans for President Barack Obama or Vice President Joe Biden to travel to Wisconsin prior to next Tuesday’s election.

    Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the DNC Chair, and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, the chair of the Democratic Governors Association, both campaigned in Wisconsin Wednesday. A number of high profile Republicans, including Governors Chris Christie of New Jersey, Bob McDonnell of Virginia, and Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, as well as Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida have all recently campaigned in Wisconsin with Walker. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley teams up with Walker in the state Friday.

    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/05/31/former-president-clinton-jumps-into-wisconsin-recall-election/

    • 167 Tally
      May 31, 2012 at 6:12 pm

      This is perfect. The GOP wants to scream about PBO going, and probably have a handful of commercials ready to roll regarding it – oh too bad.

  43. 168 ChristiMTL
    May 31, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    It’s really strange to me when people say that Bush is charming, funny….etc…..and I’m not talking about Republicans…..

    I just see a man who caused so much pain…..there’s nothing funny about him…

    I think the worst thing he did…well obviously aside the devastation caused by his wars….is his appointees….the Roberts SCOTUS….federal judges, etc

    Far right wing ideology all over the place……

    The impact of this is devastating……well obviously the best example is Citizen United….

    • 169 57andfemale
      May 31, 2012 at 5:25 pm

      My husband said to me this morning, “I can’t believe I honestly had some kinds thoughts about Bush in 2000 because I thought he had a ‘nice smile’. How much that kind of junk is unimportant to me now.”

      My husband has evolved quite well from the South side Chicago kid he started out as. He’s come a long way.

  44. 170 Cha
    May 31, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Mahalos PLENTY, CHIPS for Shrubbing out the bush! What a Lovely Kind Thought! Big ol SMILE!

  45. 172 prettyfoot58
    May 31, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    hahahahaha…now i know what you mean by shrub….LOVEEEEEEEEEE IT…

    and i see the Sh*thead….hilariousssssssss and ohhh so true……

  46. May 31, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Michelle out on the Campaign trail next week, 4 events-

    http://thepage.time.com/2012/05/31/flotus-hits-the-trail-2/

  47. May 31, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    By EMILY SCHULTHEIS | 5/31/12 3:56 PM
    Per a release from ABC News, Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter and Romney senior adviser Eric Fehrnstrom will face off on “This Week” next Sunday morning.

    -//
    Tapper will not let Her talk.

  48. 176 ChristiMTL
    May 31, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    I was about to send a tweet to Andrea Mitchell but I need some help here.

    I don’t know what it is called in english…

    It’s a symbol……” ” ” ” ” ” ………..what is the word please?

  49. May 31, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Today, Robney compared Hinself to JFK and FDR, saying they were Rich too.

    Is he an adolescent? I know you are but what am I!

    Jeesh!

    • 184 57andfemale
      May 31, 2012 at 5:38 pm

      Oh. My. God. The “you’re just jealous of rich people” nonsense I wouldn’t accept from a five year old.

      And what did the Kennedys do but fight for the downtrodden. FDR?!?!?!

      Mittens you are no FDR. You are a spoiled, immature deranged child.

    • 185 Linda
      May 31, 2012 at 5:40 pm

      But they were kind and cared about the less fortunate..

      The man is delusional

    • 186 ChristiMTL
      May 31, 2012 at 5:46 pm

      Mitt Romney, in an extensive interview with Fox News, pushed back on the idea that ordinary Americans might not relate to him because of his wealth — citing John F. Kennedy and Franklin Delano Roosevelt as two presidents who were as popular as they were wealthy.

      “This is not a nation that divides people based upon whether they’ve been successful or not. We don’t say, ‘oh, boy, this person won the lottery and therefore they can’t understand me,'” Romney told Fox News.

      Always the same crap…..bla bla bla….as 57andfemale pointed out, The ”you’re just jealous of rich people” is nonsense.

      Hey guys, guess what……

      He had his wife next to him ………..cannot sit for an interview on his own, and on Fox!!!

      • 187 daisydem
        May 31, 2012 at 5:50 pm

        Yes, but look at what the Kennedy’s and the Roosevelt’s did for the good of all people in this country, using their wealth as a springboard, another means by which to do good. Both of these men cared for the common man! Mitt does not, and he has said so – out of his own mouth. Roll those soundbites all the way to November! Corporations are people too; ask your Mom and Dad for a loan to go to school or start a business; on and on.

        • 188 ChristiMTL
          May 31, 2012 at 5:55 pm

          I get it now…for him… if you are wealthy, you deserve respect and admiration….doesn’t matter how you made your fortune or what you do with your money…..you have to be on a pedestal to be admired.

          So there’s no difference between Warren Buffet and the Koch brothers……geezzzzzzz….

      • 189 theo67
        May 31, 2012 at 7:38 pm

        Romney should get a clue. President Obama and every other President were rich/millionaires when they went into the White House. It’s not just Romney’s money that people dislike. It’s how he made it, what he’s willing to do and lie about to get it, and what he’s willing to do and lie about to keep more of it – even at the cost of starving children, leaving seniors without proper security and stability, and destroying this country’s ability to compete in the future. It’s not about his wealth. It’s about him.

  50. 190 forward44
    May 31, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Oh my God, Chips! How much I love thee! Let me count the ways.
    THANK YOU SO MUCH for that!! i was so dreading to see those images. Avoided TV and other media all day just because of that, but couldn’t stay away from my daily dose of TOD, even so, I signed on with much hesitation, and VOILA’! You saved my sanity, AND had me rolling on the floor laughing. LITERALLY!
    You’re simply, insuperably THE BEST, Chips! God bless you!

  51. 192 Bill
    May 31, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    After the break Tweety is going to tell us what the John Edwards decision is going to mean politically. I can answer that, Tweety, nothing. It is over, it is history, and John Edwards is history.

    • 193 daisydem
      May 31, 2012 at 5:47 pm

      That is exactly what I told my son when he texted me that a decision was about to disclosed: Edwards is history to me. No need to spend any more time thinking about it/him. I never cared that much for John Edwards anyway. I do and especially as a woman and mother, grieve for what Elizabeth Edwards went through.

  52. May 31, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    John Edwards, blah blah blah, John Edwards blah blah, John Edwards, blah and of Course it’s all The Governments fault!
    I should be one of these Pundits on tv.
    What do you think?

    • 196 Bill
      May 31, 2012 at 5:46 pm

      You know too much about policy to be a pundit.

    • 197 yardarm756
      May 31, 2012 at 5:49 pm

      I think the media is asleep at the switch. This is more interesting. I guess the salacious stuff gets you some air time.
      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/31/mitt-romney-solyndra-obama_n_1560505.html

    • May 31, 2012 at 5:49 pm

      If you add “it’s Obama’s fault,” then your resume wold be complete and you can join any of the the fine journalistic establishments, you could actually replace one of the WH press reporters…:)

    • 199 anniebella
      May 31, 2012 at 5:55 pm

      Chipsticks all I will say is THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for your pictures of the Obamas. I was in no mood to see the dopes who left this country in such a mess, G.W. Bush and his gang. G.W. never look better, alittle green though. POTUS and FLOTUS look good today, even though they have to deal with this , I bet they were glad when it was over. I can just imagine their conversation heading back up stairs.

      • 200 susanne
        May 31, 2012 at 7:02 pm

        so true! i was horrified to think we’d see those evil faces on our beloved blog! but dear chips fixed it just right–hilarious and effective! the rove shit-face was too perfect!

  53. 202 lamh35
    May 31, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    I mean really. I never thought I could dislike someone as much as I disliked Sarah freakn’ Palin and I rarely use the word “hate”, but I seriously hate this damn man and his bourgeois ass wife and him.

    “Well, he’s only the President of the United States. I mean, they could work with town officials to deny us access.”

    –An unnamed Romney adviser expressing fears that Obama would have quashed a Romney campaign appearance at Solyndra had the press been given advance notice.

    Read more: http://swampland.time.com/#ixzz1wUD8jEpk

    • 203 Linda
      May 31, 2012 at 5:57 pm

      They are paranoid

      • 204 theo67
        May 31, 2012 at 7:40 pm

        They are offensive. I agree with you, Lamh35 – I despise Romney even more than Palin, at this point.

    • 205 Chi
      June 1, 2012 at 4:51 am

      I absolutely despise Mitt Romney and his wife…

      A year or two ago I might this sort of feeling would have prompted a visit to the confessional to cleanse my soul, but I no longer feel the need to do that…

  54. 206 forus50
    May 31, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Chips, I don’t know. You keep outdoing yourself! This is tooooo good. Thank you thank you thank you.

  55. 207 Suzette
    May 31, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    That is some “bush”.
    Chips, thanks for today’s laugh; my co-workers and I enjoyed it.

  56. May 31, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu: May all beings be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.
    Namaste TODville
    Sleep well and dream well my fellow TODvillagers.

  57. May 31, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Maybe it’s just me but Mrs Laural Bush in the eight picture top-down, looks like she is saying ” save me from these Blah people”
    or have a short circuit look.

    • 211 Me4obama
      May 31, 2012 at 6:04 pm

      MUST READ & LOL. #FAIL

    • 213 ChristiMTL
      May 31, 2012 at 6:20 pm

      ”The lack of news-cycle planning also meant the video of Romney was captured by a “pool camera,” a single camera run by one news agency. The camera was placed across the street from Solyndra and the podium centered in front of the large white Solyndra sign. When the governor stepped in front of the cameras, he blocked the sign. The “optics” were ruined.”

      lol

      I saw the pic….you don’t see the sign at all

      • 214 ChristiMTL
        May 31, 2012 at 6:25 pm

        No wonder they have to follow the President around and crash events like today…they are so bad at this.

    • 215 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      May 31, 2012 at 6:47 pm

      Moreover ….

      #PRESSON

  58. 216 Dudette
    May 31, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    LMAO!!!! Woohooo!! I don’t remember when I’ve laughed soooo hard! Chips!! The pics are sooo wrong but soooooo right! 😉

  59. 217 forus50
    May 31, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    Picture #8:: Mrs. Shrub is giving FLOTUS a ballplayer’s pat on the backside, lol.

  60. 218 elo4obama/biden
    May 31, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    You are so wrong, but soooooo right Chips!. Oh my, I cannot stop laughing. I see shrub everywhere. Was that Karl Rove? Did he loose weight? And what is going on with 41’s socks? Gosh it seems like yesterday when in parachuted out of an airplane.

    I tell ya no more Bush’s up in the WH. We’ve had enough! I hope to not see a republican at the helm for at least another 12 years, longer if we can. It’s been decades since we had a republican president who just did not leave us in more debt, and or take away more of our rights, and who has not share crazy Norquist tax ideas. No we do not want to privatize our SS, medicare or other federal services like education TSA or the post office!

  61. 219 yardarm756
    May 31, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    It looks like Kos is making a real effort to come about.

  62. 222 lamh35
    May 31, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    I mean….with no obvious push-back from the reporter to Romney’s lying face. Some people still get their news from the nightly news cast. You can maybe say that cable news is mostly not watched by many people (although I’ll admit that a lot of people watch CNN) so if the nightly news is last bastion of truthfully informing the public of what’s going on in politics are now playing the “fair and balanced” game (ie letting liars lie), then what now?

    Despite Bin Laden, Romney Gives Obama An ‘F’ On Foreign Policy

    In an interview with CBS News’ Jan Crawford scheduled to air later tonight, Mitt Romney gives President Obama an ‘F’ grade on foreign policy, even when considering the successful raid on and death of Osama bin Laden.

    “Oh an ‘F’, there’s no question about that,” Romney tells Crawford.

    “Even despite the killing of Osama bin Laden?” asks Crawford.

    “When I look at foreign policy, when I look at across the board in foreign policy, I look at the fact that he was looking to have a force of American troops staying in Iraq securing what was so hard to have been won there with a status of forces agreement – he failed to achieve it,” Romney explained. “I look at what’s happening in the Middle East – the Arab Spring has become the Arab Winter – that’s hardly a success.”

  63. 230 Tally
    May 31, 2012 at 6:20 pm

  64. 231 prettyfoot58
    May 31, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    was there a vote in Congress today on paycheck fairness

  65. 232 Me4obama
    May 31, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    http://m.gawker.com/5914657/dont-read-politico-urge-politico-editors
    😆 😆 😆 😆 GOPOLITICO is getting it LEFT & LEFT for bashing NYT & WaPo.

  66. 239 Bill
    May 31, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    As wealthy as Tagg Romney is, he invested in 2009 in a Charlotte, NC wealth management firm, Solamere Capital, that is run by three former employees of Mark Stanford who allegedly ran a $8.5 billion Ponzi scheme. The three are still under investigation.ThinkProgress and The New Times have reported on this.

    Tagg investing with such questionable people makes one wonder what values Willard and Mrs. Willard taught their sons. They could do anything in the world with their wealth and time, and this is the sort of thing they are doing.

    • 240 Chi
      June 1, 2012 at 5:12 am

      Greed…

      It’s so obvious the boys just like their weasel of a dad just want to make as much easy money as they can find ways to – no matter how unethical and unscrupulous the methods…

      Just like Meg Whitman, the Romneys are cold, callous, selfish, calculating, lazy but incredibly power hungry – and mostly for the title, access and perks…but they will certainly meet the same fate as Meg…

      When Meg Whitman ranks high on a person’s list of ‘pals’, there is very little left to be said…

  67. 241 Ladyhawke
    May 31, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    AMERICA 4 AMERICA (Actress America Ferrera was just interviewed on Rev Al. This is really good. I hope we see more of this.)

    America Ferrera Face of New Voter Outreach

    =====================================

    The new initiative, named for actress America Ferrera, who partnered with the campaign, will seek to engage young Latinos online and educate them on political issues and encourage them to vote.

    =====================================

    http://www.nationaljournal.com/thenextamerica/politics/america-ferrera-face-of-new-voter-outreach-20120531

  68. 243 Linda
    May 31, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    Good God.

    Republicans in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania have elected Steve Smith, a lifelong white supremacist with close ties to neo-Nazi groups and groups like Aryan Nations, to the county’s GOP Committee.

    The elections, which took place in late April, were certified by the committee two weeks ago, and Smith notified supporters of his victory last week by posting a message to the online forum White News Now.

    The Southern Poverty Law Center has documented Smith’s participation with known skinhead organizations like Keystone State Skinheads, (now Keystone United) which he co-founded in 2001. And his racist activism extends far beyond violent rhetoric as well, into actual violence:

    In March 2003, he and two other KSS members were arrested in Scranton for beating up Antoni Williams, a black man, using stones and chunks of pavement. Smith pleaded guilty to terrorist threats and ethnic intimidation and received a 60-day sentence and probation.

    Smith is also an active member of local Tea Party groups, a network that he used to gain support for his bid for the committee seat. According to the SPLC, Smith referred to the Tea Party as “fertile grounds for our activists.”

    http://thinkprogress.org/

  69. 246 Tally
    May 31, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    • 247 anniebella
      May 31, 2012 at 7:17 pm

      I have begin to wonder if being a Mormon means it was okay to like.

      • 248 anniebella
        May 31, 2012 at 7:20 pm

        I meant to say, if being a Mormon means it’s okay to lie. Because Mitt Romney is a bold face liar.

      • 249 taiping1
        May 31, 2012 at 7:50 pm

        I believe they think it’s OK to lie for God. Joseph Smith prophesied that a Mormon would become President, capturing one of the pillars of government for the church. So Mitt lies to win the WH: not a sin if he wins.

        • 250 Chi
          June 1, 2012 at 5:17 am

          Joseph Smith got yet another prophesy wrong then…

          At least with regard to this particular Mormon becoming president…

  70. 251 globalcitizenlinda
    May 31, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    thank you for the pile of —- on rove’s face!!!!!!!!

  71. 252 globalcitizenlinda
    May 31, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    well, I cannot leave the socks of papa shrub alone – WTF?


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