Rise and Shine


3:25: The President departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews

3:40: Departs Joint Base Andrews en route New York City

4:35: Arrives New York City

5:20: Delivers remarks at a campaign event (Private Residence)

8:25: Delivers remarks at a campaign event (Waldorf Astoria)

9:35: Delivers remarks at a campaign event (New Amsterdam Theatre)

11:20: Departs New York City

12:30: Arrives the White House



Tuesday: The President will attend meetings at the White House

Wednesday: Will travel to San Francisco and Los Angeles to attend campaign events. The President will spend the night in Los Angeles.

Thursday: Will travel to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas for an official event. The President will return to Washington, DC in the evening.

Friday: Will welcome President Benigno Aquino of the Philippines to the White House for a bilateral meeting. Also on Friday, the President will welcome the Super Bowl XLVI Champion New York Giants to the White House.


Morning everyone 😉

163 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 symmetry11
    June 4, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Good morning, Chips & TOD

  2. 10 Suzette
    June 4, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Good morning all.

  3. 12 Elle in MI
    June 4, 2012 at 8:30 am


  4. 13 Cheryllou
    June 4, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Good morning everyone.

  5. June 4, 2012 at 8:33 am

    In the morning, the President will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.

    In the afternoon, the President will travel to New York City. The departure from the South Lawn and the arrival at John F. Kennedy International Airport are open press.

    In the evening, the President will deliver remarks at three campaign events. The first will be print pool for remarks only and the second two are pooled press.

    In the evening, the President will return to Washington, DC. The departure from John F. Kennedy International Airport and the arrival on the South Lawn are open press.


    • 15 jackiegrumbacher
      June 4, 2012 at 9:16 am

      I have the feeling that the president is going to be firing on all cylinders today and inspiring a lot of people after his thinking time at Camp David this weekend. He was re-charging his batteries and when he does that he light he emits is dazzling.

    • 17 hopefruit2
      June 4, 2012 at 9:26 am

      Mark Knoller is as usual up to his snide tweetering about the President’s fundraisers later today. I told him that Willard doesn’t have to do any of that because he already has the media devoted full-time to his campaign.

  6. 20 Hachikō
    June 4, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Miss Pat texted me last night about “messages left for [me] about jobs.” I looked through the comments under the last post and didn’t see anything. Did anyone see or post these messages? Thanks!

  7. June 4, 2012 at 8:35 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  8. 25 Pamela
    June 4, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Hey everyone! I’m IN! (if only I was awake enough to type! 🙂

  9. 27 globalcitizenlinda
    June 4, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Daily caution:

    question: how is what I am doing and saying today helping PBO to get re-elected with a supporting congress and senate?

    Stay on message put out in focus (e.g. the video above);

    do everything you can to amplify the message of Team Obama to any outlet you can

    • 28 a4alice
      June 4, 2012 at 8:59 am

      and don’t get sucked into arguing with FoxBots at a tabling event – anyone else have this experience? What did you do? I should have followed the example of my colleagues at the table but I was naive – oh what a waste of time. And frustrating and I ended up feeling like I just had Thanksgiving Dinner with my Uncle Ned ( you know the guy the one who gets all his info from Fox News cuz it’s fair and balanced)

      If anyone else has had this experience what do you do to make sure you do not get drawn into an endless argument? Any tips or pointers for me? thanks.

      • 29 jackiegrumbacher
        June 4, 2012 at 9:14 am

        a4alice, when I’ve run into Foxbots that I know are anti-PBO and simply want to get in your face, I smile and say, “we don’t all agree.” They will never be converted and will never vote for PBO, so don’t waste you time. Usually best to just turn and talk to someone else.

  10. June 4, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Good Morning TODville!!! Hiya Miss Pamela

  11. June 4, 2012 at 8:42 am

    A Massachusetts solar company to which Mitt Romney personally delivered a $1.5 million loan when he was governor has gone belly up, leaving him vulnerable to the same “picking winners and losers” charges that he’s been lobbing at President Barack Obama over Solyndra.

    The president’s reelection campaign wasted no time noting Romney’s support for Lowell-based Konarka Technologies, which announced Friday it had filed for bankruptcy protection with plans to lay off more than 80 workers and liquidate its assets.



  12. June 4, 2012 at 8:48 am

    I so need a TODville motivational kick for my run today…Frauenlauf of Sunday. Paging vc & amk 😛

  13. June 4, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Sanity plan for the day…stay away from the MSM!

  14. June 4, 2012 at 8:59 am

    I have a confession: in 2007, during all the candidates’ visits to Iowa prior to the 2008 caucuses – I went to see Mitt Romney at one of his speeches. :”> But, but – I only did it because it was in the same hospital complex where I was working – and I didn’t know he was such a POS at the time. Believe me, I’ll NEVER do that again. On the bright side – as I recall, I got bored and left early.

  15. June 4, 2012 at 9:05 am

    But but but Tweetys said that the President has a lousy Arm and he has lost his fastball and that he is the last Guy out of the Bullpen and that they should cut Him and…

    • 45 hopefruit2
      June 4, 2012 at 9:23 am

      Chris Matthews is just not very bright. If he were any other race or gender, he would not be in the position he’s in right now – that much I guarantee you.

      • June 4, 2012 at 9:33 am

        He sounded like Sistah Sawah this Morning.
        Just going on and on, wondering why the President never talks about jobs?

        • 47 hopefruit2
          June 4, 2012 at 9:38 am

          If you recall, he was among the loudest cheerleaders of dimwits like Palin and Bachmann at various times in the last 3 years. I expect nothing but foolishness from him going forward.

        • June 4, 2012 at 10:11 am

          I strongly suspect that Fineman is whispering in Tweet’s ear and has influence over how he’s thinking at the moment. Every time Tweety is too positive re. Obama, it all comes to a screeching halt a day or 2 later. And Fineman always gets undue praise on his appearances on Hardball. Tweety is too easily influenced, can be swayed in the opposite direction at any moment. He seems to have no personal awareness of all the GOP political stunts that have been playing out or the truth or context of any current events. It was ridiculous for him to appear on Today and suggest that PBO needs to start talking about jobs and Do Something about it NOW.

          • 49 sabreen60
            June 4, 2012 at 10:53 am

            I think Tweety is Bipolar (no offense to those who are) but something is wrong with him. It’s worst than him blowing with the wind – much worst.

  16. 50 Pamela
    June 4, 2012 at 9:08 am

    http://t.co/gWbvzrE8 This is to D’s brand new FB page (I hope! Copied it from a tweet, so fingers crossed!) the dive adventure website is near completion, will post a link as soon as I have it!

  17. June 4, 2012 at 9:08 am

    For the tweeters: GOP killing over 1 Million American Jobs to stop 1 American from doing HIS job.

  18. 57 57andfemale
    June 4, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Here’s a paragraph from a dKos diary written by a former Clinton staffer:

    “You know what really haunts me about Clinton and the Wall Street bankers? When Clinton made one of those doozies of a mistake back in the late ’90s, that one with Monica Lewinsky, and the Republicans recklessly pursued their absurd impeachment strategy, I rushed to the barricades to help out. I helped People For the American Way and the just-starting Moveon.org and many other groups run the big anti-impeachment campaign that turned the tide of public campaign, shocked conventional wisdom by helping win Democrats seats in the House in the 1998 election, and defeated the drive for impeachment and conviction. I was proud to defend the constitution from the Republicans’ terrible abuse of power.

    But it was in that exact same period of time while I was fighting to save Bill Clinton’s presidency that Clinton was working with those same Republicans in Congress to pass the big banking deregulation bill that repealed Glass-Steagall. I have been haunted wondering if people like me had focused on defeating that terrible banking bill instead of trying to save Bill Clinton’s presidency, whether the country would have been better off. I still think that impeachment push was a terrible travesty, but I also often think my priorities were wrong and I should have been fighting Clinton and Wall Street on their horrible legislation.”


    • June 4, 2012 at 9:36 am

      It’s important to know your frenemies … Clinton was a good president, but he is responsible for a lot of not so great things.

    • 59 sabreen60
      June 4, 2012 at 10:59 am

      Would Gore have gotten Congress to repeal it? What about the next President – GWB? I’m not buying this. Both things could have been done – fighting to stop the impeachment and attempting to sway the Congress from repealing Glass-Steagall. In fact, it could have been put to the President that he needed not to repeal Glass-Steagall – it’s callled a compromise.

      • 60 57andfemale
        June 4, 2012 at 11:20 am

        I think the point of the post was that so much energy was sucked out of regular governance in order to fight impeachment. It was critical to fight impeachment — it was a political hit job and it had to be fought. But nothing else was on anyone’s radar.

        Except this monster of a bill was still being worked out between Clinton and the Repubs. He wasn’t just ‘going along’, he believes this stuff. We were at the precipice of regulating derivatives or letting them go completely unregulated plus an almost complete destruction of the banking rules that had governed us since the New Deal – with prosperity for this country.. Bill Clinton was a willing participant in changing all of that.

        Republicans never apologize for the misery they unleash. I have never heard Bill Clinton say that that bill was a disaster. He’s never owned up to it either.

        • 61 jackiegrumbacher
          June 4, 2012 at 11:50 am

          And don’t forget that it was Clinton himself who precipitated the BIG DISTRACTION by getting involved with a young intern in the first place. He should have known that, with his history, the wolves would be ready to pounce on anything. He wasted valuable time, energy and good will among Democrats with his shenanigans and all the while he was appeasing the Republicans with his idiotic deregulation moves. Clinton was a decent president compared to the Bushes, but he let too many foxes into the hen house and, to top it all off, he undermined Al Gore and made it easy for Bush Jr. IMO, he hasn’t got a leg to stand on in criticizing PBO. President Obama is ten times the president Clinton was.

        • June 4, 2012 at 12:10 pm

          I’m still irritated about the telecommunications bill. Fooled us all with that v-chip distraction.

  19. 65 desertflower
    June 4, 2012 at 9:31 am

    New AD…

    • 66 desertflower
      June 4, 2012 at 10:03 am

      Take a gander over at Benen and see his addition comments to this….these are crucial!!!!


      • 67 Cha
        June 4, 2012 at 3:15 pm

        Thanks df..I miss Steve on Political Animal..especially on the weekend where it seems to be taken over by those who are basically Clueless. Just yesterday I asked on PA..”Where’s Steve Benen when you need him..he wouldn’t be writing shite like this on the Obama Campaign. He’s over on the Maddow Blog chronicling Mitt’s LIES.

        Matthew Zeitlin was piling on that PBO’s Campaign was all negative about willard.

  20. June 4, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Goooood morning everyone!

  21. 69 globalcitizenlinda
    June 4, 2012 at 9:35 am

    please ask the gop: you promised jobs in 2010, where are the jobs?

  22. 72 hopefruit2
    June 4, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Who knew – the media LIES!!!

  23. 75 Ladyhawke
    June 4, 2012 at 9:46 am


    By EJ Dionne


    Thus a challenge to conservatives: If cutting taxes is really more important to you than fiscal balance, why not just say so? Why pretend that balance matters when your real goal is a sharp reduction in the size of government? Alternatively, if we could agree that revenue is needed, let’s argue about the right mix between spending cuts and tax increases, and about which taxes to raise.

    And can politicians and commentators stop hiding behind vague promises of “tax reform”? Offer specifics or shut up about tax reform. Let’s also agree that slashing programs for poor people — and I’m one who thinks we should spend more — won’t come anywhere close to resolving our fiscal difficulties.

    Job creation is at the heart of the campaign, and it is the issue about which we will have the least clarity. To me (and, I would say, to most non-ideological economists), it is perfectly obvious that rolling back government, both here and in Europe, has been exactly the wrong thing to do in a time of high unemployment. To save words, I refer you to a pile of fact-rich Paul Krugman columns.



  24. 83 Ladyhawke
    June 4, 2012 at 9:53 am


    OK’d overhaul, then called for leeway, e-mails show


    Senator Scott Brown has trumpeted his role in casting the deciding vote in favor of the 2010 Wall Street overhaul, but records show that after he voted for the law, he worked to shield banks and other financial institutions from some of its tough provisions.
    Brown’s role in helping to loosen the Volcker rule in advance of casting his vote on Dodd-Frank has been well-documented. Notably, he helped create a provision that allows banks to invest up to 3 percent of their money in riskier investments such as hedge funds and private equity funds, and to own up to 3 percent of an individual fund – additions that won him Wall Street support.

    But e-mails obtained by the Globe show that Brown’s work on behalf of the financial sector did not stop when the law was passed. In the second stage, as regulators began the less publicly scrutinized task of writing rules amid heavy pressure from the banking sector, Brown urged the regulators to interpret the 3 percent rule broadly and to offer banks some leeway to invest in hedge funds and private equity funds.



    • 84 desertflower
      June 4, 2012 at 10:08 am


      Brown did cross the aisle to vote with Democrats to approve the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law. However, what the ad neglects to mention is the role Brown played in significantly watering the down the law, which has landed him heaps of Wall Street cash.
      Brown was instrumental in weakening the Volcker Rule, which was meant to rein in risky trading with federally backed dollars by the nation’s biggest banks. He also forced Democrats to strip from the law a $19 billion bank tax. Without that provision, the Congressional Budget Office is now bizarrely claiming that the law has a “cost” of about $20 billion, a score which Republicans have seized upon as justification for their efforts to repeal the law entirely.
      According to the Center for Responsive Politics, employees from the securities and investment industries have given more money to Brown than those of any other industry. Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan Chase, which just lost billions of dollars on the sort of trading that the Volcker Rule was originally meant to curtail, are amongst his top ten donors.

  25. June 4, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Did you know that Bill Maher, just disclosed that he Owns Part of the Ny Mets?
    He has a lot more money- than I thought!

  26. 86 japa21
    June 4, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Just a quick note. Everybody should make sure they get plenty of sleep tonight, because tomorrow night might be a very long one. Last PPP poll shows it Walker leading Barrett 50-47 based upon expected turnout. However, if turnout is comparable to 2008, Barrett wins.

  27. June 4, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Found some old photos from 2007 the other day – we went to the Best Democrat Day in our county ever. It was the Johnson County (IA) Democrats’ Fall BBQ and all of the Presidential candidates at the time showed up (or sent surrogates). We got to see Hillary Clinton (she was late), John Edwards (his wife was nagging at him – she must have already known what was going on), Bill Richardson (who we kinda liked), Chris Dodd, Dennis Kucinich, and Mike Gravel from Alaska (look up his commercial from the time, it was great). The two who sent surrogates: Barack Obama and Joe Biden!!! Obama sent actor Forest Whitaker and Joe sent his son Beau. For fans of the party “royalty” like we are – it was great!

  28. June 4, 2012 at 10:05 am

    The AFL-CIO’s super-PAC is shifting gears Monday to encourage voters to head to the polls for the recall against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R).

    Up until this point, Workers’ Voice has been running online ads directing people to sign up to volunteer for the campaign against Walker. Now the super-PAC for the nation’s largest labor federation is moving into advertising for its get-out-the-vote effort.


  29. 89 desertflower
    June 4, 2012 at 10:13 am

    Well THIS is interesting…..http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2012/06/03/20120603over-mormons-join-utah-gay-pride-parade.html

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — More than 300 Mormon church members who are not gay drew shouts of approval and tears from spectators while taking part in the Utah Gay Pride Parade in downtown Salt Lake City.

    Members of Mormons Building Bridges say they sought to send a message of love to Utah’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community by joining the annual parade Sunday. Their participation marked the first time such a large group of Mormons took part in the parade.

    The Salt Lake Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/LdOP1c ) that the Mormons included parents carrying their children on their shoulders and pushing strollers.

    Holly Nelson, a 38-year-old lesbian who lives in Murray, had tears in her eyes.

    She says it’s been hard to live in Utah knowing the Mormon church is against the gay community.

    • 90 amk for obama
      June 4, 2012 at 11:31 am

      It’s great that mormons are now throwing away the blinders put on by their religious heads. It’s an excellent development. Hopefully more members of other fundies churches what their so called leaders have been shoveling under their nose while they they themselves were a leading corrupt and immoral personal lives.

  30. June 4, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Chicago churches are offering $100 gift card for anyone turning in a gun. I appreciate this effort to try to do something to put a dent in the ongoing and out of control gun violence in the city.

  31. 92 auni
    June 4, 2012 at 10:19 am

    CJ–you will hear my cheering from across the river–go girl!

  32. 93 Ladyhawke
    June 4, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Bob Schieffer Accuses Axelrod of Going Negative Against Romney

    By Nicolle Belle


    According to Wikipedia, Bob Schieffer is 75 years old. He was born during FDR’s first term and has lived through twelve presidencies since. If he had the least bit of intellectual honesty, he’d know that presidential campaigns rarely follow Marquess of Queensbury rules of fair play. Is he so forgetful that McCain’s illegitimate black baby whisper campaign, Michael Dukakis’ Willie Horton smear, or Donald Segretti himself has slipped his mind? I hope that this doesn’t shock Mr. Schieffer’s precious sensibilities, but politics are a full-contact sport and bruising comes with the territory.
    Why is it that President Obama has to be positive and we see no pearl clutching over Romney outright lying about Obama’s record, grading his presidency an “F” and doing cheap stunts like the Solyndra presser?

    The truth, though Schieffer will not see it, is that the media has been far more negative in its coverage of Obama than it has been towards Romney. It is incumbent (pun intended) upon Obama to make Romney as unattractive an alternative as possible, given how difficult the economy still is.



    • 94 Ladyhawke
      June 4, 2012 at 10:23 am

      Actually, Obama is Running a Positive Campaign

      By Joshua Green

      Democrats are running a largely positive campaign, while Republicans are running a mostly negative one:

      Democratic presidential advertisers aired 35,936 ads. Of these, 70 percent (25,092) were positive and 30 percent (10,844) were negative.

      Republican presidential advertisers aired 27,857 ads. Of these, 27 percent (7,584) were positive and 73 percent (20,273) were negative.

      So why, if Obama is running overwhelming positive ads, does the media coverage leave the impression that the campaign has been overwhelmingly negative? Axelrod provided a clue. He said that the positive ads have been running mostly in the battleground states–where national media big wigs like Bob Schieffer don’t see them.



    • 95 Linda
      June 4, 2012 at 10:25 am

      Schieffer is a Bushie

      • 96 Bill
        June 4, 2012 at 10:48 am

        His brother, Tom, was a business partner of W’s, and US Ambassador to Japan from 2005-2009. Tom was also US Ambassador to Australia from 2001-2005.

  33. 97 desertflower
    June 4, 2012 at 10:25 am

    A couple snippets from Greg Sargent:

    The GOP strategy is a “gigantic con game”: Krugman’s column today amplifies the case made in that chart:

    the Republican electoral strategy is, in effect, a gigantic con game: it depends on convincing voters that the bad economy is the result of big-spending policies that President Obama hasn’t followed (in large part because the G.O.P. wouldn’t let him), and that our woes can be cured by pursuing more of the same policies that have already failed.
    The point, as always, is that in some key ways Republicans are already getting their way on the economy. And yet, as I said on Friday, the fact that Republicans wouldn’t even allow the Senate to debate multiple Obama job creation ideas that the public supported isn’t even part of the conversation about what’s to blame for our current woes.

    * Yet another Romney talking point crashes and burns: Speaking of the relationship between government spending and the economy, Glenn Kessler buries yet another talking point: The Romney claim that cutting 145,000 government jobs is a good way to put people back to work.


    Did I mention that govt spending has plunged?

    • 98 a4alice
      June 4, 2012 at 10:42 am

      it’s hard to believe that WI is close. I’ll be surprised if he wins again. There’s a lot of OFA staff that has gone to WI to help GOTV today and there was phone banking from our area (as well as other parts of the country I know).

      • 99 0388jojothecat
        June 4, 2012 at 10:58 am

        I spoke to a woman who is a retired teacher and she was undecided. She was elderly and said she didn’t know who to believe – Scott Walker or Tom Barrett. I asked her, as a teacher working today who would she vote for? She really had to answer she just said she is so tired of all the voting. WI has had non-stop voting, special elections, and in August there is the Primary elections. That’s why it’s so important that you cannot stay home or choice the “other” to teach the president a lesson, which is how do you teach the president a lesson for local races? They got rid of Russ Feingold, the only one of two Senators that voted against Bush going to war. He was good for WI but they got rid of him because of the ACA.

  34. 100 Me4obama
    June 4, 2012 at 10:28 am

    When some of us choose to stay away from the MSM noise machine it means we don’t want to hear what negative crap Tweety or Fineman have to say about our President. Have a nice day everybody.

    • June 4, 2012 at 10:34 am

      EXACTLY! That’s why we unsubscribed to MSNBC – they would play clips of Rush or O’Reilly or Glenn Beck (ugh). I never wanted to see those in the first place, so didn’t appreciate MSNBC hosts showing them – even though they went on to rebut all the points FOX, etc were trying to make.

  35. 102 desertflower
    June 4, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Monday morning goodness…..Good morning. Mr. President!!!!! Love you:)

  36. June 4, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Good morning to my TODdie Os! What a great getting up morning again! I managed to miss all of the morning shows so my political take for today is: all is well, it’s the electoral vote that counts in the end. with that in mind, PBO is waaaaaay ahead. mitt has to win 4 or 5 of designated swing states, PBO only has to win 1 or 2 (give or take a state or two in both cases).

  37. June 4, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Religion not likely to be an issue in the campaign—neither side wants to talk about it


    • 105 desertflower
      June 4, 2012 at 10:35 am

      I’m actually good with that. Religion shouldn’t be a part of the discussion. It is not a prerequisite for office. That said, it won’t stop some, on both sides, from gumming the works and talking about it anyway. Funny, or not so funny, how the reason FOR escaping England and coming to America in the first place, is lost on some.

    • 106 jackiegrumbacher
      June 4, 2012 at 12:07 pm

      Oh, I can well imagine the Romney team wants to stay as far from religion as possible. Mitt’s gotta hid who he is.

  38. 107 desertflower
    June 4, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Old news…but he is FILLED to the rafters with EX BUSHIES!!!!!!!!!!!


    • 109 Linda
      June 4, 2012 at 10:53 am

      hahahahhaa…that is the woman with the string attached to her back….she just repeats the same thing over and over and over.

  39. 110 desertflower
    June 4, 2012 at 10:44 am

    File this under the “No Shit Sherlock!” files….better chance of being hit by lightening, but that never stops them from promoting this lie!

    thinkprogress Heritage Foundation “expert” cannot cite any examples of actual voter fraud thkpr.gs/JOUF8Q
    7 minutes ago · reply · retweet · favorite

  40. 111 desertflower
    June 4, 2012 at 10:48 am


    1) Ranked 47th in job growth:

    2) Suffered the second-largest labor force decline in the nation

    3) Lost 14 percent of its manufacturing jobs

    4) Experienced “below average” economic growth and was “often near the bottom”

    And last, but not least: 5) Piled on more debt than any other state:

    In short: Romney is a liar and a FRAUD.

  41. 117 ChristiMTL
    June 4, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Morning everyone

    This is the respond from the Romney’s camp regarding this ad

    “It’s time for a president who has worked in the real economy and understands how to get this economy moving again,” Saul said.”

    They’re unbelievable.

    ”who has worked in the real economy”

    President Obama has been doing what exactly for almost 4 years?…

    • 118 TrumpDog
      June 4, 2012 at 11:00 am

      🙄 Lame response. Is that the best they can do Why didn’t they address the substance of the ad?

      Oh that’s right; because they CAN’T

    • 119 criquet
      June 4, 2012 at 11:28 am

      Sure ,just like Romney did in Mass. nearly dead last in good economic times.

  42. 120 TrumpDog
    June 4, 2012 at 10:59 am

    That ad is delicious!
    Well done, Obama camp!

  43. 121 Cheryllou
    June 4, 2012 at 11:01 am

    For all those on twitter, President Obama’s senior advisor and assistant Valerie Jarrett has joined twitter. I just sent her a tweet and she responed. How cool is that? her twitter account is @vj44.

  44. 125 desertflower
    June 4, 2012 at 11:06 am

    PROJECT MUCH!???? These guys are flat out, freaking delusional liars!!


  45. 126 desertflower
    June 4, 2012 at 11:09 am

    E.J. Dionne makes an observation:

    Forgive me for noting that conservatives seem to believe that the rich will work harder if we give them more, and the poor will work harder if we give them less.

    Balloon Juice

  46. 127 ChristiMTL
    June 4, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Haha Snark is awake……war on men

    I just saw this tweet but I refuse to click on the link because it’s Huff.

    “Pallin’ Around with Terrorists”: Palin’s Link to Militia Leader Charged With Conspiracy to Commit Murder”


    Karma is sweet,….

    • 128 desertflower
      June 4, 2012 at 11:18 am

      Sarah Palin Pallin’ Around With Terrorists
      (Alan.com) According to sworn testimony Thursday during federal court proceedings in Alaska, two close associates of former Governor Sarah Palin — Joe Miller, a staunch political ally of Palin’s whom she supported in his failed bid for the U.S. Senate; and Palin’s former director of boards and commissions Frank Bailey, more commonly known in Alaska as Palin’s “hatchet man” — were responsible for introducing FBI Informant William “Drop Zone” Fulton to Schaeffer Cox, the leader of the so-called Alaska Peacekeeper Militia.

      DU link

  47. 129 amk for obama
    June 4, 2012 at 11:13 am

  48. 133 Linda
    June 4, 2012 at 11:15 am


    I lost the office pool on how fast Huff Puff would put up a thread about Chris Matthews……

    I bet 30 minutes but it took until 11: 09 to get it there.

  49. 134 amk for obama
    June 4, 2012 at 11:15 am

  50. 136 Ladyhawke
    June 4, 2012 at 11:18 am

    MEDIA MATTERS: The Discussion Other Sunday Shows Refuse To Show You

    Congressional Experts Ornstein And Mann Illustrate How GOP Is To Blame For Political Gridlock


    This notion that it’s Obama and the Democrats who refuse to compromise on policy issues is absurd, but it is an oft-repeated claim that media outlets and conservatives fling out to deflect from, and obscure, Republican obstructionism. Indeed, as Ornstein and Mann pointed out, the fault lies entirely with the Republicans.

    As Mann explained, Republicans “are the ones that have become much more committed to all-out opposition”:

    MANN: You know, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama are very much alike — ideologically and even in terms of procedure and approach to the Republicans. Democrats had their days of extreme movement — that would be the ’60s and early ’70s, but once the Dixiecrats left the Democratic Party, the rest of them have stayed on a pretty even keel. The movement has been on the Republican side of the aisle.

    You ask where are the moderate Democrats? They’re in the White House. They’re in the leadership. They are now — they are a center-left party that would like nothing better than to make deals to preserve the social safety net, to deal with the problems of budget deficits and the rest.


    MANN: It’s entirely a matter of what the Republican Party is doing because they are the ones that have become much more committed to all-out opposition. Barack Obama’s election was the occasion for an explicit statement from the Republicans: We are in this to defeat Barack Obama. We have no interest in passing a welfare reform bill. We’re in a war and that’s what it boils down to.

    To illustrate that fact, Ornstein cited two examples — the battle over the health care reform law and the stimulus:



  51. June 4, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Good morning, OTeam.

    If you have some time today or tomorrow and want to help ensure a Wisconsin victory, help GOTV by starting here:


    If a Wisconsin voter needs more information on voting, direct them to OwnYourVoteWI.com.
    If a Wisconsin voter needs to lookup their polling place, direct them to pollingplaces.barackobama.com

  52. 138 Ladyhawke
    June 4, 2012 at 11:28 am

    ROMNEY CAMPAIGN WANTS MORE FOCUS ON SHINY OBJECTS PLEASE (Etch-A-Sketch Eric Fehrnstrom is hilarious.)

    Shiny Objects

    By Ed Kilgore


    It’s kind of hilarious, really: a campaign flack expecting the rest of us to accept his definition of what the election is “about.” Unfortunately, far too many political reporters have been willing to go right along with it. Team Obama’s Stephanie Cutter had the perfectly appropriate response:

    “If it’s not a social issue election then why did Mitt Romney just spend the last year campaigning on social issues?” she wondered. “These are his positions that he’s taken.”

    I’ve been saying for a while now that even as pundits wait anxiously for Romney to “pivot to the center” by changing his position on this or that issue, his “pivot” has already occurred via the effort to rule out discussion of his actual policy positions and promises to conservative activists in favor of his preferred vote-decider of an up-or-down vote on the performance of the economy. Of course Fehrnstrom doesn’t want us to dwell on the social-issues extremism that actually convinces most of the GOP activist foot-soldiers to get up every morning and fight for Romney’s election. But it’s there, and is an entirely legitimate campaign issue even if Mitt never utters another breath about it in public between now and November 6. It’s the jobs-jobs-jobs rap that’s the true “shiny object” the Romney campaign is using to distract voters from his broader agenda, economic, fiscal, social, and international.



  53. 139 ChristiMTL
    June 4, 2012 at 11:28 am


    I’ll be on MSNBC’s @mitchellreports with Andrea Mitchell at 1pmEDT to discuss Obama & Bill Clinton & what they really think of each other.

    This is so ridiculous, instead of focusing on real issues.

  54. June 4, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Tonight’s Broadway for Barack fundraiser features James Earl Jones, Angela Lansbury & Patti LuPone.
    It’s listed on the CNN livestream queue for 9:35pm Eastern, so let’s hope they follow through.

    The fundraiser at the Waldorf before the Broadway event is also listed for 8:25pm Eastern.

    • 144 amk for obama
      June 4, 2012 at 11:46 am

      oprah is a billionaire. Is she throwing any fund raisers ?

      • 145 Linda
        June 4, 2012 at 12:06 pm

        yeah… I wonder why she is not pumping money in to the Super Pac….

        • 146 0388jojothecat
          June 4, 2012 at 3:38 pm

          Her OWN Network is barely hanging on. I imagine Oprah does not have the big bucks she used to have during the 2008 campaign since she left ABC and the fact she probably got a lot of push back from some of her viewers when she endorsed then Senator Obama for President.

  55. June 4, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Hiya everyone, Lynn Sweet tweeted that PBO will be making a statement at 12:00pm EDT on The Paycheck Fairness Act, but I don’t see any mention of it anywhere else.

  56. June 4, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Morning TOD
    I’ve been preoccupied for the last month. It’s been a stressful several weeks for me, but a good news update: my father had surgery in mid May to remove his cancerous tumor (which had been shrunken by weeks of chemo and radiation prior to the surgery). After a post-op recovery that was more complicated than anticipated, he is finally ready to be released from the hospital to go home. He’s doing well, but will need a lot of help (physically and financially) to continue healing up from whole the ordeal. Personally, I’ve become confident that he’ll be okay.

  57. 158 Linda
    June 4, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Heritage Foundation ‘Expert’ Cannot Cite Any Examples Of Actual Voter Fraud

    n an interview with Chuck Todd on MSNBC’s The Daily Rundown this morning, Heritage Foundation senior fellow Brian Darling argued for the importance of Florida-style voter suppression laws in order to stop potential voter fraud. But when pressed by Todd to identify any actual examples of voter fraud, Darling appeared stumped:


  58. June 4, 2012 at 12:11 pm

  59. 160 Linda
    June 4, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    The Supreme Court just ruled that Cheney’s Secret Service Detail cannot be sued for violation of the first Amendment.

    ( It was unanimous…Thomas wrote the decision ( that means a Court Clerk wrote it )

  60. 161 desertflower
    June 4, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Yet ANOTHER Romney gaffe…http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/06/conservatives-attack-mitt-romney-michael-leavitt-transition-team-obamacare-exchanges.php?ref=fpa

    Conservatives Wonder Why Romney Picked Obamacare-Loving Mike Leavitt To Lead Transition Team

    Mitt Romney is under fire from conservatives for selecting a man to run his White House transition team who has championed a key element of “Obamacare” and benefited financially from the law — and the Romney campaign is already working to ease the right’s concerns.


    “We’re troubled by it,” Dean Clancy, who runs health care advocacy for the Dick Armey-led conservative group FreedomWorks, told TPM Monday via email. “We’re very concerned. The tea party grassroots have always feared that Gov. Romney would be a weak standard bearer because of RomneyCare. This choice only reinforces those doubts. Tapping a high-profile ObamaCare profiteer is disturbing, there’s no way around it. … The tea party has been fighting exchanges in state after state.”

    Michael Cannon, who directs health policy for the libertarian Cato Institute, reacted to the Leavitt choice in a blog post he penned: “Romney’s appointment of Leavitt is a first step toward flip-flopping — or Etch-a-Sketching, or Romneying(TM), or whatever — on ObamaCare repeal.”

  61. 162 whatisworking
    June 4, 2012 at 12:14 pm


    This was such a treat. As I read all the posts I was struck by how positive, on message, and focused we are. I could just hug you all!!

    This is what we need to do EVERYDAY, regardless of the news.

    I can see the campaign muscles growing stronger everyday. Thanks to everyone for their tweets, focused messaging, positive attitudes, and hard work. Today our local OFA will be calling WI voters, I will have an extra spring in my step because of all you do here at this wonderful blog.

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