148 Responses to “Heads up: President Obama speaks on the economy (10:15 ET)”


  1. 1 Elle in MI
    June 8, 2012 at 9:58 am

    GM

  2. 2 daiseymay1
    June 8, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Congradulations on first Elle

  3. 3 donna dem 4 obama
    June 8, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Good Morning TOD,

    Yesterday just before I left my one job to go to the other I posted a comment regarding fundraising. I would like to take a moment to clarify something. At no time was I being a “chicken little” in posting my comment.

    I made the comparison to 2008 because we still have most if not all of those supporters today that he we back then. It was a call to action to bring those people back into the fold and get them engaged to donate and volunteer. Right now, rather than later. IMHO, with the millions of supporters that I know we have Mitt Romney should never again out fundraise this campaign.

    Because of the historical nature of the 2008 campaign we didn’t have to do much to pry people to get involved. We were flowing with money and volunteers. I feel it’s OUR duty as supporters to “assist” these people back into the fold and that PBO shouldn’t have to do all this practically “On His Own”.

    That.Is.All!!

    p.s. I am one of the few on this site that rails against cable tv. Even when I am off from work I DON’T SIT AND WATCH THAT MESS. I got my information about the fundraising numbers from an email from Jim Messina titled “We Got Beat”.

    Just wanted to get that clarification in.

    Have a great productive O’Day!

  4. June 8, 2012 at 10:03 am

    The Obama campaign pumped an additional $2 million into swing-state TV ads yesterday, for the period spanning June 9 and June 22, a media-tracking source tells me.

    The campaign put down $405,000 in North Carolina, $327,000 in Florida, $172,000 in Nevada, $174,000 in Colorado, $161,000 in Virginia, $118,000 in Pennsylvania and $80,000 in New Hampshire. The exact dates of the TV flights vary from state to state, but in each case it covers 30-second broadcast and cable advertising.

    Mitt Romney, meanwhile, placed a $231,000 broadcast and TV buy in Nevada and Colorado, for the time span of June 8 to June 12. The target states are Nevada ($65,000) and Colorado ($166,000).

    While Republicans are outspending Democrats overall on television advertising, the Obama campaign so far has put substantially more money into general-election advertising than Romney. That reflects both Obama’s (diminishing) financial head start over Romney, and Romney’s ability to lean on outside groups for paid media at this stage. On the other hand, Obama’s heavy spending means his campaign has had more control over the Democratic message delivered on the air in these states, and has given him more power than Romney to drive the terms of debate directly.

    http://www.politico.com//blogs/burns-haberman/2012/06/obama-keeps-up-swingstate-tv-spending-125649.html

  5. June 8, 2012 at 10:03 am

    I hope he tells congress that they can’t break until they pass his plan…

  6. June 8, 2012 at 10:05 am

    I am getting sick and tired of Tweety framing the Presidents speeches, Statements and Jobs Plans.
    He is trying to brainwash you into thinking this is a Referendum and this President has lost his fastball etc…
    Tweety- we are Not Patty Hearst!

  7. June 8, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Republican Gov. Rick Scott and the Justice Department have been at loggerheads over a state plan to review and purge voter rolls of noncitizen voters. Critics of the plan say it has the potential to present an obstacle to (primarily nonwhite) voters who are registered legally and call it an attempt to thin out the ranks of Democratic-leaning voter groups. Supporters point out that there have been confirmed cases in Florida of noncitizens registering to vote, and argue that whatever inconvenience the purge might cause could be eliminated if federal authorities were more cooperative.

    In any case, the debate may be moot, due to a local revolt against the purge plan that prompts the Miami Herald’s Marc Caputo to drop the curtain on this whole episode:

    Florida’s noncitizen voter purge looks like it’s all but over.

    The 67 county elections supervisors — who have final say over voter purges —are not moving forward with the purge for now because nearly all of them don’t trust the accuracy of a list of nearly 2,700 potential noncitizens identified by the state’s elections office.The U.S. Department of Justice has ordered the state to stop the purge.

    “We’re just not going to do this,” said Leon County’s elections supervisor, Ion Sancho, one of the most outspoken of his peers. “I’ve talked to many of the other supervisors and they agree. The list is bad. And this is illegal.”

    So far, more than 500 have been identified as citizens and lawful voters on the voter rolls. About 40 people statewide have been identified as noncitizens. At least four might have voted and could be guilty of a third-degree felony.

    The eligibility of about 2,000 have not been identified one way or the other.

    Yay!

    • 10 Linda
      June 8, 2012 at 10:13 am

      but…but….what about those dead people still on the rolls…their ghosts may try to vote for PBO.

    • 12 amk for obama
      June 8, 2012 at 10:15 am

      Excellent news jovie. scott and his ag can go suck a rotten egg.

      Aren’t ag’s supposed to follow the federal laws ?

      • June 8, 2012 at 10:26 am

        Allegedly! The DOJ gave cover to the elections supervisors. The State of Florida is giving the DOJ till June 11 before taking stern action.
        I would not be surprised if Scott starts arresting People, and replacing them!

        • 14 Mae who love our CIC
          June 8, 2012 at 2:35 pm

          Supervisor of Elections are voted by the constituents of each county, They are not appointed by the Governor.

  8. 19 amk for obama
    June 8, 2012 at 10:16 am

  9. June 8, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Tweety is bi polar! Now he is sticking up for the President!

  10. 27 desertflower
    June 8, 2012 at 10:22 am

    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/06/08/496546/democrats-refuse-bush-tax-cuts/

    Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill

    Sen. Bill Nelson

    Sen. Mark Pryor

  11. 31 desertflower
    June 8, 2012 at 10:23 am

    Is PBO on yet? I see nothing….

  12. 34 hopefruit2
    June 8, 2012 at 10:24 am

    The President’s statement will also be televised live on CSPAN-3, and livestreamed from CSPAN 3. http://www.c-span.org/Live-Video/C-SPAN3/

  13. 35 whatisworking
    June 8, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Good Morning All

    Here is my first encouraging story of the day.

    HHS grants $40M for Strong Start initiative

    http://www.whatisworking.com/2012/06/hhs-grants-40m-for-strong-start.html

  14. 36 whatisworking
    June 8, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Sierra Club Partners with Sungevity to Help Families Go Solar

    http://www.whatisworking.com/2012/06/sierra-club-partners-with-sungevity-to.html

  15. 37 hopefruit2
    June 8, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Jake Tapper looks sullen.

  16. 39 desertflower
    June 8, 2012 at 10:35 am

    The PUBLIC gets it…even if the MSM DON’T

    The Obama campaign’s jabs at Mitt Romney’s record at Bain Capital, which have been widely panned across the Northeast, could work quite well in Ohio, judging by the latest survey from the bipartisan Purple Poll.
    Across the 12 battleground states the monthly poll surveys, 47% of likely voters said they agreed with the statement that private equity firms “care only about profits and short-term gains for investors. When they come in, workers get laid off, benefits disappear and pensions are cut. Investors walk off with big returns, and working folks get stuck holding the bag.”

    • 40 amk for obama
      June 8, 2012 at 10:42 am

      That’s why they are running these ads only in the swing states that have ‘working class folks’ , isn’t it ?

  17. 42 Cman
    June 8, 2012 at 10:35 am

    And all the reporters blather on… blah blah blah.

  18. 43 desertflower
    June 8, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Just heard the guy on CSPAN say that both Michelle Obama and Ann Romney spoke yesterday. Michelle was in VA and Ann in FL…talking to Cuban Americans AND HER HORSE RIDING HABITS. Seriously?

  19. 44 sherijr
    June 8, 2012 at 10:38 am

    egad the press corp is pathetic.. all wannbe stars.. nothing else. It really is allll about them & their spin.

  20. 46 sherijr
    June 8, 2012 at 10:39 am

    I see the message of the day is DOOMMMM for POTUS, for Dems… oh NOES!!!

  21. 47 hopefruit2
    June 8, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Mr. President telling it like it is about congress sitting on their hands.

  22. June 8, 2012 at 10:50 am

  23. 50 Jessica
    June 8, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Missed most of the press conference. Sucky video.

  24. 52 desertflower
    June 8, 2012 at 10:56 am

    If you needed further truth to see that “journalists” DO NOT LISTEN TO PBO…this “journalist” just asked the very question about how much time PBO has spent talking to European leaders….that HE JUST ANSWERED!

    • June 8, 2012 at 10:58 am

      I said it yesterday, pundits. don’t. know. SHIT!!!! They have the critical thinking skills of a 15 year old teen on Red Bull and Ecstasy.

      • 54 desertflower
        June 8, 2012 at 11:00 am

        Truly. How embarrassing. I think they just like to hear themselves talk with a lot of flowery words. They are really, really not good at their jobs!

  25. 55 desertflower
    June 8, 2012 at 10:59 am

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/06/08/12123718-meet-harold-hamm?lite

    Don’t just listen to WHAT THEY SAY< LISTEN TO WHO THEY SPEAK FOR. Perfect illustration of this!!

  26. 56 desertflower
    June 8, 2012 at 11:01 am

    I would REALLY LIKE the President to talk about THIS

    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/u-debt-load-falling-fastest-040045522.html

    • 57 amk for obama
      June 8, 2012 at 11:07 am

      Methinks they will use the big guns once the GE is on proper. Now it will be just waste with so few people tuned in.

    • June 8, 2012 at 11:10 am

      I shared this on FB about half hour ago. It will be interesting to see if I get any response from the two guys who would normally “go after” this. I’m betting it will be crickets from both of them.

  27. 60 amk for obama
    June 8, 2012 at 11:04 am

  28. 61 anniebella
    June 8, 2012 at 11:09 am

    You hear the jackass yell “how was the pie?”

  29. June 8, 2012 at 11:09 am

    EXCELLENT presser. POTUS gave his usual informative, thorough, honest, calm and meaningful explanations and answers. BRAVO, BRAVO, BRAVO.

    • 63 Ladyhawke
      June 8, 2012 at 11:14 am

      I couldn’t take my eyes off of him. He’s remarkable. Thorough, thoughtful and informative responses to every question. He is a brilliant, charismatic, and effective leader. It just blows my mind that his approval ratings are not up in the seventies. It is painful to think that so many Americans just don’t realize how lucky we are to have this pragmatic and dedicated public servant working on our behalf.

    • June 8, 2012 at 11:23 am

      Still the smartest man in the room —–by far—no contest. It’s like going to school, listening to President Obama’s great wealth of knowledge. And the clueless, unethical reporters still yell out “What about Wisconsin?” “What about the pie?” You would think they would be embarrassed, ashamed by their low level of conduct. Chuck T. tweets—no news here, just trying to blame Europe. It’s like they don’t listen, don’t care.

      • 68 desertflower
        June 8, 2012 at 11:29 am

        I think it’s because he’s WAY smarter than all of them combined. They feel threatened. They all think THEY should be the smartest people in the room…because they WERE for 8 YEARS!

        • 69 Ladyhawke
          June 8, 2012 at 11:47 am

          Exactly DF. The responses from President Obama were like a discussion of ECONOMICS 101. He just makes sense. It was amazing. I really think the jackals are intimidated by President Obama’s brilliance. He is such a class act. He continues to make the jackals and his GOP critics look small.

          By the way, could you imagine that empty shell Mitt Romney handling a press conference like that. Mitt Romney is so scripted that he still hasn’t accepted invitations to go on Meet The Press with David Gregory and Face The Nation with Bob Schieffer. You know they would just be throwing him softballs. What’s he afraid of?? Shouldn’t a presidential candidate be comfortable doing interviews with anyone in the media? And when is the last time Mitt Romney had a “real” press conference where the subject and number of questions were not limited?

  30. June 8, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Did you hear those dumb reporters yelling question ideas as PBO left the room? Some dumb woman even yelled “How was the pie?” What a bunch of fools we have for the WH press corps!

  31. 71 ourmanflint
    June 8, 2012 at 11:09 am

    some dumbass in press corps: as president is leaving” can we ask about Wisconsin?” those cretins in msm know that people are suffering and still they refuse to hold republican lawbreakers responsible

  32. 72 amk for obama
    June 8, 2012 at 11:11 am

    So did tapper, the tool, ask the first stupid question ? I had a tenner riding on that.

  33. June 8, 2012 at 11:11 am

    This is too funny:

    • 80 Ladyhawke
      June 8, 2012 at 11:16 am

      I wonder if they will take questions from the press.

    • 81 amk for obama
      June 8, 2012 at 11:17 am

      I love the My wife and kids show. It’s on rerun in my part of the world.

    • 82 Frenchie08
      June 8, 2012 at 11:32 am

      Hello Everyone!

      I have not posted in a while. I have been working very hard here in Missouri to help get the President re-elected. We have done some amazing voter registration here. We currently stand at number 8 in the country with OFA for voter registrations! Just helped with a house party on Tuesday where we watched the Road We’ve Traveled video. It was very motivating and everyone left energized!

      I was just geting over WI and moving on yesterday when I got word that our Headquarters was being closed for the rest of the week in anticipation of some protesters heading our way from Denver. Evidently, they proved very disruptive and there was concern for us here. I really think we have some different kind of things happening this time. I am determined to not let it get me down, but I think we need to be aware that there may be some stronger boldness demonstrated this time around. It will require stronger resolve and an increased awareness of the lengths people might be willing to go.

      Our team is NOT deterred. We are as Fired UP as ever, but we are sobered by what seems to be a new development in our politics this time around. Stay safe everyone and Press On!

      • 83 amk for obama
        June 8, 2012 at 11:49 am

        Way to go Frenchie. Thank you and fellow Missourians for all the hard work. It’s disgusting the thugs now openly intimidating the dems.

  34. 84 amk for obama
    June 8, 2012 at 11:13 am

    ‘Valerie Plame’ fame rethugs have no moral authority even to talk about leaks. Assholes.

  35. 88 Me4obama
    June 8, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Good think he didn’t take questions from the front row weasels they were armed with GOP talking points & nonsense questions on Wisconsin, Robney, & blow Jobs.

  36. June 8, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Oh Boy oh Boy! The Pre-buttal is Bober and Cantir in one Hour.
    How exciting.? Not!
    I would rather Mow all of my Neighbors Grass, then watch those two! For Real!

    • 93 anniebella
      June 8, 2012 at 11:22 am

      Jovie, thanks for the warning. I know those clowns will not say anything worth listening too. And they have no plans of doing anything about jobs.

      • 94 snowbird42
        June 8, 2012 at 11:25 am

        As always , I wonder if twitter will help? There have been many calls for jobs. Maybe we need more.

    • 95 Ladyhawke
      June 8, 2012 at 11:32 am

      WHATEVER IT IS, THE GOP IS AGAINST IT

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

      Instead of Boehner and Cantor doing a rebuttal, they should just tell everybody to checkout the video below. This has been their modus operandi from jump street anyway. Whatever President Obama proposes, they are against it. Period. Full Stop.

      Groucho Marx – I’m Against It

  37. June 8, 2012 at 11:27 am

    • 99 hopefruit2
      June 8, 2012 at 11:35 am

      Thank you meta. i just blasted that fool with his obvious attempt to distract from the main issue of the presser – which was the Republicans in congress doing their best to damage the economy by blocking the President’s jobs bill. We will not let the media get away with this message. Not this time.

    • June 8, 2012 at 11:36 am

      No! The Republicans do not want that message getting out.
      The thing is, those debates are the best way for the President to get his message out, and the Country will be engaged by then!
      More importantly, the Republicans cannot cancel them.

    • 101 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      June 8, 2012 at 12:19 pm

      #FORWARD

  38. 102 amk for obama
    June 8, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Uefa confirms 2012 ‘racist chanting’

    Uefa has confirmed there were “isolated incidents of racist chanting” aimed at Netherlands players during an open training session for Euro 2012.

    But the governing body has not revealed whether it is investigating the incident in Krakow, Poland.

    Dutch captain Mark van Bommel said monkey chants were directed at players.

    ///

    While Van Bommel complained specifically of racist abuse, the Dutch FA had earlier said this was mixed with anti-Euro 2012 chanting believed to have been prompted by the fact the city has not been given any matches in the tournament.

    When this was put to Van Bommel on Thursday, he said: “Open your ears. If you did hear it and don’t want to hear it, that is even worse.”

    ///

    Journalist Marcel van der Kraan, who writes for Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, said he heard the racist abuse.

    He told BBC Radio 5 live: “As the Dutch players did their warm-up, during the first lap of the pitch they could hear monkey noises from one end of the crowd.

    “When the players heard this they said they would do another lap and if they heard monkey noises again they would stop.

    ///

    The day before the alleged abuse, the Netherlands players had visited Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz, which is nearby.

    Van Bommel said: “It is a real disgrace, especially after getting back from Auschwitz, that you are confronted with this.

    “We will take it up with Uefa and if it happens at a match we will talk to the referee and ask him to take us off the field.”

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/18363736

    A few days back, I posted about the BBC Panorama program I saw which showed the disgustingly blatant racism, xenophobia and anti-semitism in poland and ukraine. Someone here countered it happens in all european football stadiums like in UK, France, Germnay etc. and they just don’t show it on teevee. Unbelievable.

  39. 103 amk for obama
    June 8, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Nadal in French Open Final. Federer and Djokovic semi on. 4/4 each first set. Come on Fedex.

  40. 110 yardarm756
    June 8, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Good morning everyone. I see you’re all up and hackles are properly raised. Thought i’d submit the following to brighten your day:

    I was in Starbucks recently when I suddenly
    realized I desperately needed to fart.
    The music was really loud so I timed my fart with the beat of the music. After a couple of
    songs I started to feel better. I finished my coffee and noticed that everyone was staring at me.
    And suddenly I remembered I was listening to my iPod
    .and how was your day?
    That’s what happens when old people start using technology !

  41. 123 hopefruit2
    June 8, 2012 at 12:08 pm

  42. 124 cluny
    June 8, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    I don’t have twitter but can you all make a twitter attack on ‘journalists’ covering the Boehner/Cantor thing to demand that they ask why R’s have not taken the necessary steps to fix the unemployment crisis and insist on blocking everything. They need to be called out for sabotaging the economy. Even if they don’t ask the questions at least there will be a record of it. Thanks.

  43. 125 desertflower
    June 8, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    WHOAAA! THIS must be bad for John McCain!

    http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/06/08/496592/new-data-66-million-young-adults-insured-thanks-to-obamacare/

    NEW DATA: 6.6 Million Young Adults Insured Thanks To Obamacare

    Late last year, the government estimated there would be 2.5 million new young adults covered under the provision. The new estimate is higher, in part, because it also includes young people who were previously covered but were able to obtain better, cheaper coverage under the Obamacare provision.

  44. 126 amk for obama
    June 8, 2012 at 12:17 pm

  45. 127 desertflower
    June 8, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Republicans are gay too, you know!

    http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2012/06/08/496587/california-ethics-office-to-investigate-national-organization-for-marriage/

    Weeks after documents revealed that one Mitt Romney’s political action committees made an undisclosed $10,000 contribution in 2008 to the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), the California state government has begun an investigation of the anti-LGBT group’s finances. In response to a complaint filed by openly gay Republican presidential candidate Fred Karger, the California Fair Political Practices Commission said this week it has opened an investigation into the nearly $350,000 secretly raised by NOM for its pro-Proposition 8 efforts in the state. NOM has frequently sought to avoid state disclosure laws to avoid identifying its donors.

  46. 128 amk for obama
    June 8, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    My fav comedian

  47. June 8, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Because I have no life, I’m watchin Boner on CSPAN right now (and his vampire sidekick). What a couple of inspiring speakers. They kind of sound like how on Peanuts cartoons the adults always made that WAH-WAH, WAH-WAH sound when talking. I wonder if they listen to themselves?

    • 133 desertflower
      June 8, 2012 at 12:37 pm

      NO, because if the DID listen to themselves, they would never utter a sound. You need to go scrub a toilet or something:) Better use of your valuable time.

  48. June 8, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Highly disturbing and no wonder we have so many screwed-up people in this country. They are forced to grow up with the demented parents I’ve read about today. First, on Gawker they have a vid of a dad beating his stepson with a belt because he couldn’t catch the ball during a backyard game of catch!!! It is sickening beyond belief. A neighbor couldn’t take it one more minute, filmed it and yelled out his window to Stop! This was supposed to be some community leader, and it turns out he was one sick child abuser. Then on the AJC site I see that a mega church pastor, Creflo Dollar, was arrested for assault on his daughter—–choked her, threw her to the ground, punched her and beat her with his shoe—–because she asked to go to a party. This sick individual preaches prosperity theology, really tricking his congregation as all the prosperity goes in his pockets—multiple Rolls Royces, multiple million dollar homes etc. etc. etc. A disgusting father, damaging his child, and another unworthy human in the church biz.

    • 135 Walking_on_ Sunshine
      June 8, 2012 at 9:12 pm

      These types are not true Christians. They are power hungry people who use religion as a weapon and a shield to hid their cruelty and sins. They are nothing like Jesus.

  49. 136 desertflower
    June 8, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Another MUST MUST MUST…from David Cay Johnson

    http://blogs.reuters.com/david-cay-johnston/2012/06/06/the-fortunate-400/

    This comparison illustrates how Congress has created two income tax systems, separate and unequal, burdening millions much more heavily than the few, those with gigantic incomes and a propensity to make campaign contributions.

    One system is for wage earners and pensioners, whose taxes are withheld from their checks. This rigorous, efficient system taxes them fully.

    The other system is for business owners, executives, managers of hedge and private equity funds, name brand athletes and entertainers, and many others with huge incomes. Congress lets them put unlimited amounts of income in sheltered accounts and put off paying taxes for years or even decades.

    snip/

    he issue we need to debate is not how much you earn — make all you can. The issue is that everyone should pay their taxes now, not in some far-off tomorrow, and as you go up the income ladder so should your tax rate.

    By what economic, political or moral standard should working stiffs be forced to pay their taxes immediately, while plutocrats pay their taxes by-and-by? And why should anyone who makes more than $200 million live tax-free?

    Those are questions to ask candidates on the hustings, insisting they give specific, focused answers.

  50. 137 donna dem 4 obama
    June 8, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    VP Joe dances the Hora at his daughter’s wedding last week.

    People Magazine’s Exclusive of the Wedding
    http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20601604,00.html

  51. June 8, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    TOD! I just received a phone call from a friend who has invited me to join her business website for the express purpose of educating her clients about what they can do to help re-elect PBO.

    It was amazing to me how much is not known out there- things we talk about everyday is just not known!

    My friend’s first two questions were about Wisconsin and the super-PAC money. Does Wisconsin spell doom for the November election, and how can we keep people from getting so discouraged about the influx of money that they just give up?
    Frankly her call made my day! No matter how shaken she is, she is ready to reach out to her community and inform them.

    This is what we need to do. We must become pro-active in every way possible. It’s the only way to fight off the doom and gloom.

    Any help or suggestions for my first article will be appreciated.

    Also, I am a minister, so I need some guidance about how much I can say without getting into legal problems. This website is not connected to my church, but I still need guidance.

    I will be directing the ladies to this site. Thanks Chips and TOD for all you do.

    We are going to win this thing. Full. Stop.

    • 140 theo67
      June 8, 2012 at 1:31 pm

      Hi Eve,

      What a great opportunity to get the word out. The truth is that all the money in the world won’t change the facts. The whole premise of a grassroots movement is to use personal contact to get the word out, starting with people who trust you and will listen to you with a fairly open mind. If someone hears from their family member, or neighbor or friend the real facts about the Obama Administration’s accomplishments, and the GOP obstruction and failed policies – then the millions of dollars in ads won’t resonate.

      I have a friend who says she does not pay attention to any of this stuff because she’s already made up her mind given the facts on the table. President Obama has a record of historic accomplishment and has exhibited sound judgement and character in these three years in office. I’d start by linking your people to this website for fair and reasoned information and discussion, pointing them to the blog roll on the right of the page, and sending them to the White House website to sign up for daily updates direct from the President. They’ll get the weekly rundown, plus, can research blog entries for topics they’re interested in. I’d also tell them that the only way to avoid the doom and gloom is to be informed, so they can avoid being influenced by the lies they’ll be hearing ad nauseum over the next five months.

      The election is not a popularity contest. And it’s actually not about the President, because he can only serve one more term. It’s about each individual’s life and their prospects for the future, and which policies will help them versus hurt them. They need to think about what they care about, and then go find the answers that will show them who is talking about the stuff they care about, and proposing actual policies that will move those things forward and create a sustainable future and community – and investigate the records of those who are seeing to implement their policies, to get an indication of their track records and credibility. People have to motivate themselves, educate themselves, be accountable to themselves. Because after this election, there’s another one after that, and yet another one after that. The GOP have been working their agenda for 30 years, and they won’t stop until they’ve got it all. They’ve shown us who they are – we should believe them, by now.

    • 141 Ladyhawke
      June 8, 2012 at 1:34 pm

      INFORMATION IS POWER

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

      I recently sent a note to my distribution list asking everyone to make use of the following resources. I hope this helps.

      1 – GottaVote.org (Detailed information on voting requirements for each state.)

      2 – Organizing for America (One stop shopping for everything you need to know about the campaign.)

      3 – The Truth Team website (Debunking the lies of Mitt Romney and the PACs that support him.)

      4 – White House website (Tons of good information here. Always checkout West Wing Week and the Saturday Address)

      5 – The Obama Diary

      6 – The Only Adult In The Room

      7 – What Is Working

      8 – Obama 50 Top Accomplishments (http://www.randirhodes.com/pages/rrnews.html?feed=393046&article=9880240)

  52. June 8, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Things we talk about everyday ARE just not known.

  53. 143 Linda
    June 8, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    WASHINGTON — Members of the House of Representatives voted Friday to protect their own office expense accounts from budget cuts.

    The bipartisan 307-102 vote came on a $3.3 billion measure funding congressional operations.

    Republicans controlling the House have been trying to cut domestic agency budgets by about 5 percent. But when it came to their own staff, travel and office expenses, GOP leaders opted to freeze their $574 million budget after two years of cuts.

    The funding bill includes a 1 percent cut that comes chiefly from cutting back on repairs to the iconic Capitol dome, which dates to the Civil War.

    After passing the measure, lawmakers immediately left Washington for a weeklong vacation.

    —-

    96 Democrats including Nancy Pelosi voted YES on this.

    22 not voting

    • 144 theo67
      June 8, 2012 at 1:32 pm

      So, they’ve gone on a weeklong vacation, after parading themselves in front of cameras crying about the President running his campaign? They are pathetic.

      • 145 Linda
        June 8, 2012 at 1:35 pm

        This is there 9th week long vacation…..

        Didn’t they just take an entire week off for a ONE day holiday…. Memomorial Day

        • 146 theo67
          June 8, 2012 at 1:38 pm

          This is why people who are paying attention are getting frustrated with the electorate. The GOP aren’t even trying to pretend anymore. And they simply cannot be rewarded.

          • 147 Linda
            June 8, 2012 at 1:46 pm

            They sent the President a letter to cancel his Nevada stop yesterday and come back to work on the Student Loan interest increase.

            When were they planning to work on it, in the middle of the night ?


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