Rise and Shine

10:15: The President will deliver a statement in the Brady Press Briefing Room on the economy, calling on Congress to pass the bipartisan, paid-for ideas that the President proposed last year to put construction workers back to work upgrading our roads and bridges, teachers back in the classroom educating our kids and police and firefighters back on the job keeping our communities safe. He will address the state of the economy, including the situation in Europe, which continues to pose headwinds to our recovery here at home. (WH statement)



2:00: PBO holds a bilateral meeting with President Aquino of the Philippines

2:50: Honors the Super Bowl XLVI Champion New York Giants

5:10: Attends a campaign event




Morning everyone, will be back later.

138 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 Cheryllou
    June 8, 2012 at 7:46 am


  2. 6 Roberta in MN
    June 8, 2012 at 7:47 am

    2nd Good Morning Chips and Congrats Cheryllou on being First.

  3. 8 Roberta in MN
    June 8, 2012 at 7:50 am

    HI Everyone, I am finally back from Texas and brought my Grandson back with me for a few days. It is nice being back in my own humble abode, so I am trying to catch up on threads I think it is going to take me until He goes to his other Aunt begore I can truly participate in a whole lot of things. So Chips and everyone have a great weekend and I will be checking in from time to time. 🙂

  4. 10 globalcitizenlinda
    June 8, 2012 at 8:09 am

    Daily Caution/Reminder:

    • Central Question for all PBO-supporters:

    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 for today/week by Team Obama;

    • Please do everything you can to amplify today’s message from Team Obama to any outlet (MSM, Blogs, Social Network, Friends and Relatives) you can;

    • Respond to ALL lying reports about President Obama and his team with links to specific facts demonstrating WHY the report in question is a lie;

    • See you at President Obama’s Second Inauguration (January 2013);

    • 11 Melanie
      June 8, 2012 at 8:24 am

      Well I’m definitely going to push back on the Morning Joe discussion with Michael Steele, Willie Geist, Katty Kay, etc. They said it’s a losing argument to blame Bush for the economy. In the Wapo/ABC News poll 49% of Americans still blame Bush versus only 34% who blame PBO. Also Bush is the most unpopular living president. They are wrong on this!!

      • 12 TrumpDog
        June 8, 2012 at 8:36 am

        Which means it’s a winning argument to blame Bush.

      • 13 globalcitizenlinda
        June 8, 2012 at 8:41 am

        Oh please do that!

        of course me and ALL the people I know still blame bush for the economic collapse. what are these people talking about? Bush devastated the country and left the economy in a huge ruin.

        PBO is still trying to clean up the mess made by bush as well as think of new creative ways yo rebuild and they want me to blame PBO – no chance of that

        • 14 Melanie
          June 8, 2012 at 9:38 am

          Tweeted @williegeist1 and @steele_michael to let them know Americans don’t agree with them and it is a winning argument to tell the truth about Bush.

      • 15 Bill
        June 8, 2012 at 8:51 am

        It is a disservice to any rational discussion not to discuss the Bush as well as the Reagan economic policies. If we do not understand why we are in our current situation we can never work out of it. Morning Joe presents itself as a serious discussion, but in reality it is nothing but a platform for the NYC-DC participants to promote their shallow careers. FOX presents itself as not being serious, but Morning Joe by pretending to be serious is very irritating.

      • 16 Ladyhawke
        June 8, 2012 at 8:53 am



        What the hell kind of political analysis is that? These people actually get paid to spout such nonsense? Have they forgotten that President Bill Clinton left a SURPLUS that was squandered by President George W. Bush? Have they forgotten that the 8 years of GWB created a nightmare for this country? Have they forgotten that the bulk of President Obama’s governing has been to clean up the mess of GWB? This is really infuriating. President Bush is unpopular for a good reason. I don’t know how anyone in their right mind could say that President Obama should not remind the public where things stood when he took office. Is the country better off today then it was when President Obama took office? You bet it is. It takes a democrat to actually govern and get things done in this country. The Bush administration was a disaster. The incompetence, the cronyism, the rigid ideology, two reckless wars, tax cuts for the wealthy, on and on.

        Checkout this terrific post from desertflower last night. It’s really good. This might be interesting reading for the Morning Joke crew.


        This IS GREAT! http://www.perrspectives.com/blog/archives/002469.htm

        the historical record shows that from economic growth and job creation to stock market performance and just about every other indicator of the health of the U.S. capitalism, the modern U.S. economy has almost always done better under Democratic presidents. Despite GOP mythology to the contrary, America generally gained more jobs and grew faster when taxes were higher (even much higher) and income inequality lower. And while the U.S. recovery from the Bush recession remains painfully slow, most economists – including the nonpartisan CBO and some of John McCain’s own 2008 advisers – believe President Obama saved the American free-enterprise system from the abyss. As Harry Truman famously put it:

        “If you want to live like a Republican, vote Democratic.”

        Here’s why Give ‘Em Hell Harry is still right. (Click a link below for the details on each.)
        Job Creation and Economic Growth
        The Stock Market
        Income Inequality
        National Debt
        The Bush Recession and the Obama Recovery


        • 17 desertflower
          June 8, 2012 at 9:01 am

          Morning, Ladyhawke:) You read it:) That piece was Fabulous! SOOOOOOOOOOOO much info, it should be required reading….for everyone. In fact, I think that all the PUNDITS should get a copy, and then maybe they wouldn’t talk out their ass so much of the time:) This is exactly why I travel the intertubes…..precisely to good stuff like this!
          Let me get the sleepys out of my eyes now….thanks for reposting.

          • 18 desertflower
            June 8, 2012 at 9:02 am

            Told you…still got sleepies….”precisely FOR good stuff like this.” Opps.

            • 19 mtmarilyn
              June 8, 2012 at 9:14 am

              Thank you DF!!!! You are the best at finding all this great information!

              Good Morning everyone!

          • 20 Ladyhawke
            June 8, 2012 at 9:29 am


            DF, this really is an amazing post. I agree, it should be required reading for all gasbags on cable and network tv. I am constantly amazed at the exemplary writing on the internet. I had not seen this gem before. Thanks so much for bringing it to our attention. I think I will send it to the truth team. It is chock full of good information that needs to be sprinkled around the internet like confetti.


    • June 8, 2012 at 8:48 am

      I’m going to try to take some time off from furthering the MSM’s daily hair-on-fire messaging. I’ve fallen into a trap of repeating their lies in anger and every time I do so, that’s time spent away from spreading positive and useful information about PBO.

    • 22 Ladyhawke
      June 8, 2012 at 9:16 am


      Thank you GCL for posting this Daily Caution/Reminder.

      I feel like we are creating a “firewall of truth” so that when our family, friends, and neighbors hear the lies they will be rejected out of hand because they are already armed with the facts. You are so right about responding to lazy reporting from the media. We need to be relentless in holding them accountable for enabling the lies of Mitt Romney. We will just have to counter their sloppy reporting with the facts until we embarrass them into doing their job.

    • 23 JCAfrica
      June 8, 2012 at 9:25 am

      thanx for the pragmatic advice, GCLinda 🙂 this is what will carry us to Jan 2013!

    • 24 whatisworking
      June 8, 2012 at 10:15 am

      Thank you so much for this post, the more we can focus on OUR message instead of their’s the more effective we will be. I really appreciate your contributions to this blog.

  5. 25 Suzette
    June 8, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Good morning all.
    TGIF. Fridays are always good, at least for me.

  6. June 8, 2012 at 8:22 am

    CNN does Not interview any Democrats, for the Florida Voter purge.
    Instead, Soledad interviews Floridas Secretary of State. Made It seem like the State of Florida were the Victims and Not the People who were being purged.

    • 27 MB32
      June 8, 2012 at 8:28 am

      I’ve given up on Soledad….had high hopes when CNN brought her back but her framing of issues and how she interviews Repubs differently from Dems made me turn back to my local news in the morning. Cable news sucks! Plus, Will Cain and Margaret Hoover always seem to be on her panel…too much

    • 28 anniebella
      June 8, 2012 at 9:53 am

      Joive I will email Soledad and ask the question how many of the people who were unjustly purge from Florida voting list have she spoken too? How many Democrats have she spoken to? I’m going to send that email right now.

  7. June 8, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Good Local press, is the name of the game.

    • 30 MB32
      June 8, 2012 at 8:30 am

      This is so true. I think the only way to break the Corporate Media Cabal is to support and strengthen the local press. That’s why I’m glad Pres Obama always gives interviews to local markets. More has to be done but its a start…

  8. June 8, 2012 at 8:27 am

    Btw- I get 2-3 pieces of informative mail from the Obama Campaign. Presumably they do this with everybody on their donor list.
    So, when the President releases His fundraising, and has over 250k new Donors each Month, reaching them with real information is a Winner.
    Something the Robney Camp cannot do, as His Donors give the max and are far, far fewer.

  9. June 8, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Jonathan Alter new article- Stop going after Seamus.
    The Campaign has stopped that… So, what is Alter talking about?

    • 33 Linda
      June 8, 2012 at 8:34 am

      ” The Campaign has stopped that… So, what is Alter talking about? ”

      What ever his boss bloomberg tells him to talk about ?

    • June 8, 2012 at 8:35 am

      Jovie, do you have a link? I’d like to read before I tweet him.

        • 36 symmetry11
          June 8, 2012 at 8:42 am

          What the hell do they think PBO has been focused on all along? He has done nothing but talk about jobs & the economy non stop. These people have selective hearing.

          • 37 anniebella
            June 8, 2012 at 9:56 am

            President Obama was in Nevada yesterday and didn’t mention that dog once, so what the hell is wrong with these people. Why don’t Alter tell the Republicans to focus on doing something about jobs?

        • 38 globalcitizenlinda
          June 8, 2012 at 8:46 am

          all this so-called advise to PBO about how to campaign has one common theme which is these washington insiders and rich folk do not want PBO and his supporters to expose mitt the bullying liar’s inhumanity and the central meanness of his entitled soul.

          so the punditry pretend like they really care about PBO ‘s success.

          If PBO had followed the beltway convetional wisdom, he would not be POTUS today because he was not the inevitable candidate

        • 39 hopefruit2
          June 8, 2012 at 8:51 am

          Jonathan Alter is being a real prick these days. He hasn’t been worshipped by PBO so he’s upset and looking to kiss Willard’s arse hoping to find some comfort there.

          What the hell has Obama been focusing on since last year? JOBS. It wasn’t Obama who brought up the dog issue – it was an outside group, but it gained traction because many people were simply stunned by how someone could treat his own pet.

          • 40 Ladyhawke
            June 8, 2012 at 8:57 am

            And how many articles has Gail Collins of The New York Times written about Seamus? I wish Jonathan Alter would spend some time talking about Mitt Romney trying to lie his way into the White House.

        • 41 57andfemale
          June 8, 2012 at 9:46 am

          WHEN has PBO talked about Seamus?!?!?!

    • June 8, 2012 at 9:01 am

      He, good luck with that. Poor Seamus will always be part and parcel of MItts baggage, in more ways than one.

    • 43 Cha
      June 8, 2012 at 4:26 pm

      Jonathon Alter is FULL OF ELEPHANT SHIT. He’s a lying sack of elephant shit.

      • 44 Cha
        June 8, 2012 at 4:28 pm

        If Alter is so full of ADVICE..maybe he should give poor humane challenged willard romeny of his a$$hole ADVICE?

  10. 45 Ladyhawke
    June 8, 2012 at 8:33 am


    Mitt Romney knows he can’t win the election running against the real President Obama and his plethora of accomplishments, so he is trying to create the mythical President Obama he wishes he was running against. Sadly, the mainstream media has been a willing accomplice in this dishonesty. And what is infuriating is that gasbags like Tweety, Chuck Todd, Howard Fineman, and Mrs. Greenspan will sit on their perches in their air conditioned studios and say President Obama isn’t getting his message out. REALLY? Well maybe Tweety and his colleagues in the mainstream media should look in the mirror and ask themselves what they have done to get the facts out to the American people. Isn’t that part of THEIR JOB? Mitt Romney lies with reckless abandon and he gets away with it. He is trying to confuse the public and muddy the issues. Too many journalists are tiptoeing around Romney’s excessive lying because they think it’s impolite to call a politician a liar. But they will search for the negative angle on ANY story relating to President Obama. Journalists need to get back to basics. Just tell the truth and let the chips fall where they may.

    • 46 Linda
      June 8, 2012 at 8:36 am

      They all lie for money.

      I am down to watching Rachel and a bit of LOD only.

      • 47 Don
        June 8, 2012 at 8:42 am

        Linda I don’t even watch Rachel and LOD anymore, I just don’t have the stomach for it. I come here thoughout to day to get any information that I might need.

    • 48 desertflower
      June 8, 2012 at 9:05 am

      This. In fact, I’ve read something similar, so you are definitely not alone in thinking that.

    • 49 Cha
      June 8, 2012 at 4:33 pm

      That’s exactly right, Ladyhawke.

  11. June 8, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Robney out with new ad touting How wonderful he was as Governor of Massachusetts.
    Riddled with lies, no doubt, I wont watch it!

    • June 8, 2012 at 9:05 am

      Didn’t dumb ass Mitt bow out of Massachusetts already.

    • 52 Ladyhawke
      June 8, 2012 at 9:20 am

      The OFA ads are working. Why wasn’t Romney touting his record in Massachusetts before now? I thought it was his MBA and his Bain experience that was his ticket to the Oval Office. Looks like OFA has smoked him out. Very interesting.

  12. June 8, 2012 at 8:42 am

    The corrupting force of big money in our politics. This is about Florida, non-surprisingly, but it’s out of control everywhere. “A single software company trying to kill a specific bill dropped millions of dollars into accounts controlled by state leaders” (Repub)

  13. 54 amk for obama
    June 8, 2012 at 8:43 am
  14. June 8, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Halperins Page top five stories is all about Mitt. I have to ask? Is Halperin a Mormon? He seems prideful, when discussing or writing about Willard?

    • 57 hopefruit2
      June 8, 2012 at 8:54 am

      I don’t think Mormonism has anything to do with this. Halperin was doing the same for John McCain. Remember? Everything was “excellent news for John McCain!” He’s simply transferred that delusional thinking to Willard now.

    • June 8, 2012 at 12:28 pm

      No, I don’t believe Halperin in a Mormon, just a GOP loving paid hack.

  15. June 8, 2012 at 8:46 am

    First lady Michelle Obama rallied supporters Thursday at a campaign stop in Northern Virginia with a broad defense of her husband’s record.

    Obama spoke to nearly 750 supporters and volunteers at a Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall here, about 25 miles south of the nation’s capital.

    Barack Obama carried Virginia in 2008, the first Democrat to do so in a presidential contest since 1964. Virginia is considered a swing state this year, and Prince William County is a swing county within it.

    In 2008, Obama won Prince William with 52.6 percent to 46.3 percent for Sen. John McCain, the Republican nominee, according to the Virginia State Board of Elections.

    Michelle Obama warned Thursday that the election will be closer this year, though she never mentioned her husband’s presumptive Republican opponent, Mitt Romney. She urged supporters to register people to vote and talk up her husband’s record on job creation, stepping in to bail out the auto industry and women’s rights.

    “Protecting women’s health is a mission that has nothing to do with politics,” she said.


  16. 60 amk for obama
    June 8, 2012 at 8:46 am
    • 61 globalcitizenlinda
      June 8, 2012 at 8:51 am

      I believe that we need to make campaign finance reform and the role of money in politics a central theme of this election

      • 62 hopefruit2
        June 8, 2012 at 8:59 am

        I think this is a distraction actually. There’s going to widespread cheating because most people aren’t going to be affected by negative ads. Obama is a known entity and those ads are going to fall flat and might actually hurt Willard. So I’m not concerned about the money to buy negative ads. I’m concerned about the rampant cheating starting with those electronic machines that use no paper trail so there’s no way to even know whether or not they’ve been tampered with. I’m concerned about other voter suppression tricks, like purging of voters, destroying DEM voter registrations, Mitt Romney telling his corporate bosses to threaten employees with losing their jobs if they don’t vote for him. Those are very insiduous but effective ways to steal an election and that’s where our focus should be.

        • 63 amk for obama
          June 8, 2012 at 9:01 am

          Agreed. The ads will backfire on mittbot at some point. But the vast, unaccounted money could be used to steal the elections in other ways as you say.

        • 64 Judith Fardig
          June 8, 2012 at 11:19 am

          I think you’re absolutely right that the Rove/Koch tentacles will be into every possible way to steal this election. We HAVE to make sure people can vote and that the vote cannot be hacked on those Diebold machines! I foresee lawsuits in November.

        • 65 theo67
          June 8, 2012 at 2:24 pm

          Yes, the fact that those other mine workers were bused into a Romney appearance last week, by their bosses, is troubling. If the unions are busted and workers have no protection, then they may get bullied into voting against their interests (along with those who do it out of sheer ignorance).

  17. 66 amk for obama
    June 8, 2012 at 8:48 am
    • 67 globalcitizenlinda
      June 8, 2012 at 8:55 am

      the deep respect of PBO and Adm McRaven seems to be mutual.

      I believe that PBO also said om the NBC documentary that Adm McRaven is “one cool customer”.

      PBO said this when discussing how he just continued unphased once one of the helicopters crashed at OBL’s end mission

    • 69 Linda
      June 8, 2012 at 9:00 am

      Thank you so much for this…

      I have been searching for it for a while now.

    • 72 CEB
      June 8, 2012 at 9:20 am

      This is one of my favorites.

    • 73 Cha
      June 8, 2012 at 4:37 pm

      That’s exactly how I think of President Obama’s mad skills. And, I’m tired of reading shite about him that is made up by enemies of Amercia. Fuck ’em if they can’t take reality.

  18. 74 amk for obama
    June 8, 2012 at 8:51 am
  19. June 8, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Fl. election supervisors defying looney Gov. Scott and Sec. of St. and have stopped voter purge. Lists were 87% minorities—-likely 100% Democrat. Now tea party has jumped into the matter, visiting county election officials in support of Scott urging them to continue the purge. Tea party no likey the minorities, don’t think they should be able to vote.

  20. June 8, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Swiss bank accounts. Money hidden in the Cayman Islands. Bain capital income.
    The Obama campaign warned Thursday that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will have full access to those three pots of money and more unless he puts his investments in a federally-recognized blind trust.
    Seizing on the Romney campaign’s announcement Wednesday that the candidate would only turn his holdings over to a federal trust if and when he becomes president, the Obama campaign claimed that Romney’s decision not to do so sooner underscores the point they’ve been trying to make about him: He’s wealthy, which makes him out of touch, and sometimes evasive about his wealth, which makes him untrustworthy.


    • 79 hopefruit2
      June 8, 2012 at 9:01 am

      I notice that OWS has been utterly silent about Romney’s massive abuses of offshore accounts, failure to release his tax returns, Bain Capital income, etc. Yet their goal was supposedly to reduce the influence of money in politics. Now that it is clear that it’s not OBama who is using money to buy the election, they’ve washed their hands.

    • 80 globalcitizenlinda
      June 8, 2012 at 9:05 am

      remember mitt the bullying serial liar believes in “Amercia”

    • 81 desertflower
      June 8, 2012 at 9:20 am

      My question is: I remember when other high worth individuals that were found to have their money parked in Swiss accounts, were given the chance to make good on the taxes they owned on the money that the IRS didn’t know about…..why isn’t Mitt being chastised about his offshore money?

      Ah, yes…http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=252162,00.html

      The overall penalty structure for the new program is the same for 2011, except for taxpayers in the highest penalty category.

      For the new program, the penalty framework requires individuals to pay a penalty of 27.5 percent of the highest aggregate balance in foreign bank accounts/entities or value of foreign assets during the eight full tax years prior to the disclosure. That is up from 25 percent in the 2011 program. Some taxpayers will be eligible for 5 or 12.5 percent penalties; these remain the same in the new program as in 2011.

      Participants must file all original and amended tax returns and include payment for back-taxes and interest for up to eight years as well as paying accuracy-related and/or delinquency penalties.

      And THIS priceless statement: “As we’ve said all along, people need to come in and get right with us before we find you,” Shulman said. “We are following more leads and the risk for people who do not come in continues to increase.”

      FIND YOU??? He’s running for President of the United States!! WTF?!

  21. June 8, 2012 at 8:59 am


    PLEASE post Lawrence O’Donnell’s rewrite segment from last night on Willard and his antics during the Vietnam Era

    and Rachel Maddow’s opening segment about Willard’s lying and his non-apologies

  22. June 8, 2012 at 9:01 am

    President Obama will hold a news conference in the White House briefing room at 10:15 to “address the state of the economy”.

    • 85 hopefruit2
      June 8, 2012 at 9:02 am

      OKAY – thanks for the heads up Chips. WONDERFUL!

      • June 8, 2012 at 9:04 am

        Hiya Hopefruit, more info:

        The President will deliver a statement in the Brady Press Briefing Room. The President will deliver a statement on the economy, calling on Congress to pass the bipartisan, paid-for ideas that the President proposed last year to put construction workers back to work upgrading our roads and bridges, teachers back in the classroom educating our kids and police and firefighters back on the job keeping our communities safe. He will address the state of the economy, including the situation in Europe, which continues to pose headwinds to our recovery here at home.”

        • 87 hopefruit2
          June 8, 2012 at 9:06 am

          Thanks – I believe this will be a fantastic presser, except of course for the effete WH Press Corps asking shitty questions, shilling for the GOP as usual.

        • June 8, 2012 at 9:55 am

          A friendly reminder to Tweet and Fineman and other buds who sit there dumbly every day and rant that PBO should come up with a jobs plan, as if he hadn’t thought of that and hadn’t already. Hopefully this will shut him up but probably no such luck.

    • 89 globalcitizenlinda
      June 8, 2012 at 9:12 am

      thanks a lot for the heads up

  23. June 8, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Good Morning TOD family. My first day to sleep in and one of my dogs jumps on my back at 6:15 am. By the way, he is a Siberian Husky so he is in no way a light weight. I am working the closing shift tonight so I have most of the day to register voters. I am on my way out the door with 3 new ones in tow. Election office first then, shopping center to get more before I have to go to work.

    Have a “Great Obama Day”!

    • 91 hopefruit2
      June 8, 2012 at 9:04 am

      LOL! Pets just love to jump in our beds in the morning – like kids.

    • 93 globalcitizenlinda
      June 8, 2012 at 9:09 am

      thanks for your work on behalf of all of us. voter registration is not as easy as people think because many people are usually in a hurry and do no want to stop for the canvasser

  24. 94 amk for obama
    June 8, 2012 at 9:06 am

    • 95 hopefruit2
      June 8, 2012 at 9:08 am

      How long will it take the GOP to realize that Latinos, like Blacks aren’t stupid, and simply putting Rubio on their ticket will NOT improve Willard’s chances among Latinos?

      • 96 globalcitizenlinda
        June 8, 2012 at 9:11 am

        they will not – remember how they brought keyes to Il to run against PBO?

        • 97 hopefruit2
          June 8, 2012 at 9:15 am

          The GOP is so hung up on race that they don’t see people as individuals. They only see their skin color and ethnic background.

  25. 99 globalcitizenlinda
    June 8, 2012 at 9:14 am

    PBO’s Press conference will take back the narrative from the beltway chatter who are working over-drive to convince us that PBO is doomed and that we his supporters are demoralized .

    • 100 hopefruit2
      June 8, 2012 at 9:20 am

      Mark my words – the WH Press corps are going to be VERY HOSTILE. They absolutely can’t stand it when our President rightfully and directly calls out the GOP in press conferences because it (1) informs the American people of what is really happening, and (2) It undermines the MSM’s dishonest narratives and GOP talking points.

      Another thing, Boehner or McConnell or some such idiot is going to release a foolish statement of rebuttal…

      • 101 Ladyhawke
        June 8, 2012 at 9:38 am

        You nailed it HF. The jackals will be very cranky because their firewall will be disable while President Obama tells the American people “A BIT OF TRUTH” about the current political climate. The jackals get very uncomfortable when President Obama makes Mitt Romney and the Republican Party look bad by merely stating the facts. The GOP is the biggest threat to the well being and future of our country.

    • 102 anniebella
      June 8, 2012 at 10:04 am

      globalcitizenlinda, do you give a dam what the beltway media think? You know they are full of alt of crap, and did you see that crowd in Nevada, now who is demoralized?

      • 103 anniebella
        June 8, 2012 at 10:06 am

        We know the media sits there and let Mitt Romney lies in their face and they act like it’s the truth.

        • 104 anniebella
          June 8, 2012 at 10:10 am

          hopefruit2, We know POTUS has been dealing with such B.S. from the media every since he has been in office, he can handle the hostile media.

  26. June 8, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Reading the Des Moines Register this morning, the headline said “Romney will talk jobs at stop today in Council Bluffs”. I thought that meant he would put forth some ideas for a change, but no! The article said: “He’ll be continuing his conversation on how President Obama’s policies are hostile to job creators,” Romney campaign spokeswoman Sarah Pompei said. WTF – yes, but what is MITT going to do??

    Then the perky newscaster on the local TV news also mentioned he was coming (luckily it will be on the west coast of Iowa, 240 miles from here). She said that “Romney will focus on protecting our free enterprise system”. Yup – she even read that with a straight face.

    Sometimes t’s not easy living in a swing state. 🙂

    • 106 desertflower
      June 8, 2012 at 9:26 am

      I said this last night…after listening to the radio and the host warned: You can’t just listen to the words people say, you have to know and understand WHO THEY SPEAK FOR. Mitt speaks for corporations.It is clear.

  27. 107 globalcitizenlinda
    June 8, 2012 at 9:19 am



    remember the video of PBO in Chicago a year or so ago when he says to the crowd: I do not quit, I am from Chicago”?

    I think it is time to get out that clip, dust it off and send it to the chicken-little MSM and beltway punditry who are trying very hard to depress PBO’s supporters.

    I bet that all those who are trying to say PBO supporters are demoralized have NEVER met a true PBO. Like The Man himself, we do not quit!

  28. 108 globalcitizenlinda
    June 8, 2012 at 9:20 am

    please take your bets:

    who will be the first White House jackal to ask PBO the most stupid question (possibly about Pres Clinton)?

    • 109 amk for obama
      June 8, 2012 at 9:28 am

      I’ll take tapper, the tool for 10.

    • 110 Linda
      June 8, 2012 at 9:29 am

      Mr. President.

      Did you make a sex joke about Michelle ?

    • 115 Ladyhawke
      June 8, 2012 at 9:59 am

      If called on …..

      – I bet Jake “The Snarl” Tapper will ask about drone strikes.

      – Norah “Ice Princess” O’Donnell will ask some snarky, sarcastic question that the Romney campaign or John Boehner could be asking.

      – Ed “Cheshire Cat” Henry will ask a question about whatever Fox is obsessing about today. And he will have a smirk on his face. Probably misrepresenting what President Clinton and Lawrence Summers said about the Bush tax cuts.

  29. 116 Pamela
    June 8, 2012 at 9:25 am

    “To be extremely self-centered, only interested in you own satisfaction, always brings negative consequences in the long run.” ~HHDL 8June12

  30. 117 amk for obama
    June 8, 2012 at 9:28 am

  31. 118 hopefruit2
    June 8, 2012 at 9:28 am

    HEADLINE: Young, Uninsured, and in Debt: Why Young Adults Lack Health Insurance and How the Affordable Care Act Is Helping—Findings from the Commonwealth Fund Health Insurance Tracking Survey of Young Adults, 2011

    // The Commonwealth Fund Health Insurance Tracking Survey of Young Adults finds that between November 2010 and November 2011, an estimated 13.7 million young adults ages 19–25 stayed on or joined their parents’ health plans, including 6.6 million who likely would not have been able to do so prior to the passage of the Affordable Care Act. The findings of the survey underscore the need for policymakers to implement the remaining coverage expansions in the law. //


  32. 119 amk for obama
    June 8, 2012 at 9:29 am

  33. 123 amk for obama
    June 8, 2012 at 9:30 am

  34. 124 joyce
    June 8, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Good morning all. Has anyone else notice how Mittens smacks his lips while spewing those lies as if those lies taste so delicious. I can’t stand to look or listen to him at all. I love our president.

    • 125 Obama Grandmama
      June 8, 2012 at 2:35 pm

      There are usually uncontrollable physical signs when someone lies. I am not sure if that pertains to people that are compulsive liars that lie all the time without concious recognition of doing so or not. The short lived series Lie to Me was interesting as it went into the physical signs. I know I could recognize a former boss’ lies as she would look down and move her foot back and forth on the ground. When it came to recognizing this I left that job for a more reputable boss. I have noticed Mitt’s eyes get very narrow like slits at many times. Now I will watch his lips! LOL

  35. 126 amk for obama
    June 8, 2012 at 9:32 am

    That soshulist, kommunist, fasist

  36. June 8, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Free enterprise is not at risk
    By Steve Benen – Fri Jun 8, 2012 8:35 AM EDT.

    Back in December, Mitt Romney delivered one of several “major” speeches on economic policy, telling a New Hampshire audience that in President Obama’s vision, “everyone receives the same or similar rewards, regardless of education, effort, and willingness to take risk.” The Republican added, “Obama believes that government should create equal outcomes.”

    This was, of course, wildly at odds with reality. As Jon Chait noted at the time, “This is nuts, Glenn Beck-level insane. Restoring Clinton-era taxes is not a plan to equalize outcomes, or even close. It’s not even a plan to stop rising inequality. Obama’s America will continue to be the most unequal society in the advanced world — only slightly less so.”

    I mention this because Romney gave yet another “major” economic speech in St. Louis yesterday, and he once again argued that the Democratic president is somehow hostile towards capitalism.

    “Today, government at all levels consumes 37 percent of the total economy or G.D.P. If Obamacare is allowed to stand, government will reach half of the American economy. And through the increasing controls government has imposed on industries like energy, financial services and automobiles, it will soon effectively control the majority of our economic activity.

    “One must ask whether we will still be a free enterprise nation and whether we will still have economic freedom. America is on the cusp of having a government-run economy. President Obama is transforming America into something very different than the land of the free and the land of opportunity.”

    First, it’s important that Americans realize that Romney is lying.


  37. 128 hopefruit2
    June 8, 2012 at 9:36 am

    This is an example of how the GOP plans to steal the election – threatening gullible voters:

  38. 129 japa21
    June 8, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Morning all.

    I just wanted to put down a couple random thoughts I had as I was driving into work.

    The first is about the Wisconsin results and what it shows about Democrats. This comes after talking with my brother-in-law last night and something I heard on the radio this morning. I asked my brother-in-law, who lives in the Northwoods of Wisconsin in an area that is pretty reliably Democratic, why Walker won even his county. His immediate response was that the Democrats up there are stupid, voting for Walker as a push against the whole concept of recall. In the last month of the campaign, a lot of money was spent on ads challenging the fairness of recalls as being against the concept of democracy and how it should only be used if an officeholder has done something illegal (which we know Walker may have done). Also, there were a lot of subtle threats that if Walker is recalled it will set off a chain reaction of recalls throughout the state an maybe country and would bring government to a standstill.

    And on the radio, I heard someone make the point that this argument is specially resonant for Democrats,. So I asked myself, “Self, why would this be?” And the answer is quite simple. Democrats basically have an inherent sense of fairness and belief in the democratic process. If a person is elected, even if you don’t like his policies, you let him finish his term. The people have spoken and you go after that person in the next election. epublicans, on the other hand, play cut-throat. They really don’t care what the “people” say, it is all about them and power. They have no concept of fairness, which is part of the reason they can go after the weak, the poor, anybody they feel is beneath them (which for Romney means everybody except the Koch brothers and their ilk.)

    This essence of Democrats, fairness and belief in democracy, represents both their strength and potential weakness. It is why they abhor the lying that is the rule of the Romney campaign and would never conceive of going the same route in campaigning. It is why you often hear the argument that we are better than they are, let us not get down into the mud with them. And it is what allows them to be bullied from time to time, like they have been in Wisconsin.

    The mistake that was made in Wisconsin was not going for the recall, it was not a bad candidate (Barrett was a much better candidate this time than the last), it was not effectively countering the anti-recall argument. In my opinion, they should have come out and agreed with the basic argument that recalls are wrong except for criminal actions is, in general, a correct way of looking at things. And if Walker, in his actions, was merely following through on what he had outlined in his campaign, then he should be allowed to finish his term, as the people of Wisconsin did elect him on that platform. However, it is different when an elected official not only doesn’t keep his promises, but actually does things that he never mentioned in his campaign, although it was obvious these were things he had planned on doing from the beginning. Although not illegal, these actions represented a breach of promise in a way and a breaking of faith with the people who elected him. That if the people of Wisconsin had known of his plans before the election, then he wouldn’t have been elected in the first place.

    That is the argument that should have been made. It would have supported the general recalls are only appropriate in the extreme, and it woulod have laid the groundrules that woudl create limits on other recalls. It was an argument that wasn’t made, however. In fact, there appears to have been no pushback at all to the anti-recall argument.

    I said I had a couple things, but this has gone on long enough so I will talk about GWB and the wisdom or non-wisdom of the PBO campaign in bringing him up in another comment.

    • 130 desertflower
      June 8, 2012 at 10:02 am

      Agreed,japa. Although, I would have thought that they would have been smart enough to figure that part out…the part that said that Walker lied his way into office, and then lied and did things that corrupted the democratic process once he got there….wasn’t that difficult to see. That alone, would have been enough for me to kick him out…..now, they suffer the wrath.

      • 131 japa21
        June 8, 2012 at 10:14 am

        I agree with you, but that is exactly the part that should have been pointed out. It was left as recalls are wrong period and the case for this specific recall was never made. My opoint, overall, was not so much about Wisconsin, however, but rather what it says about Democrats in general as opposed to Republicans. As we go along we have to keep this difference in mind and work to use it to our advantage rather than allowing Republicans to use it to their advantage.

        It is, in many ways, th same difference that is seen between Christianity as it is preached and practiced on the right versus how it is preached and practiced by the left (those that do view themselves as Christian). Just as Republicans may preach democracy, their actions belie that claim. The same argument could be made about the right’s view of Christianity.

  39. 132 amk for obama
    June 8, 2012 at 9:48 am

  40. 133 amk for obama
    June 8, 2012 at 9:49 am

  41. 134 amk for obama
    June 8, 2012 at 9:50 am

  42. 135 amk for obama
    June 8, 2012 at 9:52 am

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s health care law helped as many as 6.6 million young adults stay on or get on their parents’ health plans in the first year and a half after the law was signed, a new survey indicates.

    That number, found in the survey by the nonprofit Commonwealth Fund, is far higher than earlier estimates. And at a time when public wariness about the Affordable Care Act remains high, it underscores the popularity of a provision that requires insurers to allow parents to enroll their children up to age 26 on their own plans.

    Earlier surveys by the federal government found that the number of people ages 19 to 25 without insurance declined after the law was signed, reversing years of erosion in health coverage for young adults.

  43. June 8, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Is it a press conference, or just a Statement?

  44. June 8, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Oh god tweety, stfu. I have lost patience with his idiotic blathering—–saying it looks like PBO has lost control of the economy, really bad news, really really bad news, he could lose election etc. etc. etc. etc. He just called himself a “news analyst”. That is a huge exaggeration. He’s a news jerk, a news _____. He keeps saying Obama has to do something to create more jobs. What a great idea and such a Hot Tip! It would be SO EASY!

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