Rise and Shine


Monday: The President will attend meetings at the White House.

Tuesday: Will travel to Baltimore and Philadelphia to attend campaign events.

Wednesday: Will award Shimon Peres the Presidential Medal of Freedom at a dinner at the White House. The First Lady will also attend.

Thursday: Will travel to Cleveland, Ohio for a campaign event. The President will then travel to New York where he and the First Lady will visit the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s World Trade Center site, and receive a briefing on construction progress. The visit will be a preview of the One World Trade Center topping-off ceremony, which will symbolize the near-completion of the iconic building’s framework. The President and the First Lady will then attend campaign events in New York City, before returning to Washington, DC, later in the evening.

Friday: The President will hold a reception at the White House to observe LGBT Pride Month.


Morning everyone. Another busy day, but I’ll be back later to catch up. Chat away.

347 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 japa21
    June 10, 2012 at 8:09 am

    Morning all

    • 2 prettyfoot58
      June 10, 2012 at 8:10 am

      Goooooooooooooood Morning……2nd can be nice…hahahahaha…..

      • 3 prettyfoot58
        June 10, 2012 at 9:01 am

        Gooooooooood Morning everyone…..sipping tea….munching on cornbread…

        The Republican Party had increasingly found itself confined to white voters, (my emphasis..because of its policies) especially those lacking a college degree and rural whites who, as Obama awkwardly put it in 2008, tend to “cling to guns or religion.” Meanwhile, the Democrats had ­increased their standing among whites with graduate degrees, particularly the growing share of secular whites, and remained dominant among racial minorities. As a whole, Judis and Teixeira noted, the electorate was growing both somewhat better educated and dramatically less white, making every successive election less favorable for the GOP. And the trends were even more striking in some key swing states. Judis and Teixeira highlighted Colorado, Nevada, and Arizona, with skyrocketing Latino populations, and Virginia and North Carolina, with their influx of college-educated whites, as the most fertile grounds for the expanding Democratic base.
        Obama’s victory carried out the blueprint.


        Interesting read….this explains…the voter suppression….the attack on women….the attack on public unions (the last vestige of union strength in this country)….

        RM asked a few weeks ago why is the REPubs (governors and all) going nutso….they are not going nutso…they are carring out a Repub/conservative agenda to get and maintain power….

        What is the Democratic agenda….i think that Gov Patrick outlined it in his magnificent speech to the MA Dem convention….this includes the re-election of the President….but it goes beyond the President’s relection….this goes to heart and core of what we want for our nation….and indeed in the world…

        GOV Patrick said that it is not enough to say what we are against/we have to say what we believe in and then Stand up for it….but as we also have seen in recent weeks..not every Democrat has read the script/indeed we go nutso when they go off message…

        there has been alot of discussion about the MSM carrying the water for GOP/Conservative agenda….the question is how do we combat that…what do we do…

        we continue to donate…we continue to register folks to vote…we become part of the twitter and FB army…..we continue to organize in our communities….our families…any where we can….because as the President has said….


        FORWARD>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>I AIN’T NO WAYS TIRED!

        • 4 isonprize
          June 10, 2012 at 9:28 am

          Hey Prettyfoot! It’s been a busy week for me. I’m sure we’ll connect again soon. I posted this a few threads back. But I’ll bring it again for all who want to see President Obama in his second term.

          Keep registering those voters, Keep making those phone calls, Keep knocking on those doors. Keep entering that data. Keep meeting neighbors and asking them to volunteer. IN OTHER WORDS, KEEP MARCHING!!!

          ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ KEEP MARCHING ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

  2. June 10, 2012 at 8:10 am

    Mornin’ ! Japan 21.

  3. 8 Regster (@Thuddyt)
    June 10, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Good morning TOD family!

  4. June 10, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Did it again!? JAPA!

  5. 12 Ceb
    June 10, 2012 at 8:14 am

    Good morning. Is it safe to come out?

    • 13 globalcitizenlinda
      June 10, 2012 at 9:13 am

      Yes it is!

      Ps: Please bring some positive and must-win attitude to share with the rest

  6. 14 Suzette
    June 10, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Good morning all.

  7. June 10, 2012 at 8:22 am

    • 16 utaustinliberal
      June 10, 2012 at 9:13 am

      Hahahahahahahaha. Good one. Jennifer Rubin is such a right-winger. She gives GOP shilling a run for its name.

    • 17 Pamela
      June 10, 2012 at 10:07 am

      As in whether to genuflect with left knee, right knee or both knees? 😆

  8. June 10, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Good Morning TOD;

    I thought you might be interested in this summary of a Pollster’s Focus Group of Walmart Moms. They’re all Swing Voters; also known as low information voters:

    1.. Don’t underestimate the power of the first family’s image with female voters. More women discussed the first daughters more than some of President Barack Obama’s most pronounced policy initiatives aimed at female voters (no mention of Sandra Fluke, the Violence Against Women Act, even the administration’s contraception coverage policy). A young Richmond mother of one simply said, “Michelle is hearing what we have to say.” Another Richmond mom even remarked she believed the president watched out for her because he’s “surrounded by women” at home.

    2. The females in the focus groups were surprisingly risk averse — to the point it evoked thoughts of FDR’s 1944 re-election slogan “Don’t swap horses midstream.” More than one Richmond participant cited “maybe three years isn’t enough” to turn things around. Another particpant warned of a “learning period” if former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) is elected. And a Las Vegas mom argued of Obama, “He’s already in place.” On the other hand, hardly a hand was raised when the Las Vegas women were questioned if they were better off economically than they were three years ago. These voters were generally disappointed in Obama, but they weren’t ready to make the switch yet.

    3. Romney remains largely undefined among these two groups. Millions of dollars later on the Nevada and Virginia airwaves, most of these women only knew a couple of things about the presumptive GOP nominee: He’s a businessman, family man and, per one Richmond participant, “a nice looking man.” It’s also worth noting that ads casting Romney’s former private equity firm, Bain Capital, in a negative light did ring a bell with a few women. As one Richmond woman described it, “Romney cut jobs when he was in charge of a factory.”

    • 19 prettyfoot58
      June 10, 2012 at 9:11 am

      Interesting…information….thanks for this…

    • 20 utaustinliberal
      June 10, 2012 at 9:25 am

      I saw the poll yesterday I believe and the resulting answers. Very enlightening. It proves that Pres. Obama’s and his family’s likability plays a substantial role in this election. It also plays to the meme that helped GWB in 04 where voters didn’t want to change horses midstream during wartime. It’s the same here. A lot of voters don’t think 3 years is enough to turn the tide of destruction GWB leveled at the U.S economy and are quite risk averse or wary of changing the guard at this crucial time. The saying goes, better the devil you know and Romney is a very unknown entity but the more low info voters know about him, the more they regard him as the boss who will fire you in a heartbeat without a twinge to his conscience.

      The fact that PBO is surrounded by women, makes a lot of women even more comfortable because they feel that he gets their issues. That he understands them. That he’s sympathetic to them. That he’ll fight for them. That he’ll propose policies that are more positive for them.

      It was a very enlightening look at the political thoughts of the so called Walmart moms.

      • 21 Obama Grandmama
        June 10, 2012 at 12:09 pm

        The “don’t change horses in midstream” analogy may also have played into the Scott Walker win in WI. If that mindset prevails with PBO it is easier to take the Walker win not that I wanted it.

      • June 11, 2012 at 4:07 am

        I believe it’s not just that he has women around him – Georgebush’s family was all women too – but how visible they are and how he treats them with such respect. I’m sure Bush loved and respected his wife and daughters, but you hardly ever saw him interacting with them.

    • June 10, 2012 at 11:01 am

      I’m going to offer a theory as to why all those ads the GOP has up to try to define Romney aren’t penetrating the psyche of these women and the ad about the factory closing did. That ad featured real people who were working class and had a story to tell. Stories matter. Having people in ads that are like everyday voters matters. That’s encouraging to me. OFA is much better at casting ads that tell stories and feature real people with real issues.

      • 24 Left-Indie
        June 10, 2012 at 2:43 pm

        It really amazes me that these women are ignoring all the substantive policy this man put in place for them and their daughters in favor of some touchy-feely stuff. And when people, liberal or not, say they’re disappointed in the president cuz he hasn’t done something, but don’t mention the obstruction in congress, it’s irritating. This tells you that the DNC and the president have work to do spotlighting the bastards. If we do a good job on that, people should automatically think: bad economy/GOP-Teaparty.

  9. 25 amk for obama
    June 10, 2012 at 8:35 am

    Two big things today. French elections and french open finals.

    • June 10, 2012 at 8:59 am

      And French Fries!

    • June 10, 2012 at 9:11 am

      I’ve got a 8 yr. old grandson, a great little tennis player himself, who is a big Nadal fan. He wore a Nadal t-shirt every day when we recently visited. He’s the one who made his own Obama signs in ’08 and paraded around the neighborhood daily and likely brought in his Ct. neighborhood for Obama. So I’m going to root for his guy. I think he has excellent taste.

      • 29 globalcitizenlinda
        June 10, 2012 at 9:22 am

        you sure have a very intelligent, perceptive, creative and definitely very loyal grandson. it seems that once he has your back, he is very proud to show it to anyone who cares to notice. I hope he has a fun day at the TV French Open Broadcast

    • 30 Pamela
      June 10, 2012 at 9:29 am

      And breaking free diving records in Anitbes!

  10. 31 Roberta in MN
    June 10, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Chips, I read the posts last night, including BWD’s, I do agree with some of the pionts being made. But I keep remembering how frustrated everyone was during the 2008 campaign and I kept saying, it will be OK. This time is different, and I don’t think he is in complete campaign mode yet. I think, (in my humble opinion) is that, he is setting the stage for total annilation of the republican party and to help those other Dems that are scared of their own shadows. His speeches were fiarly the same in 2008, but he is not one to brag about his own accomplishments, he does put some stuff in each speech. I think people are still looking for sound bites, he is not ready to do that. Also, I think he is hammering on the issues that people care about constantly and in the mean time, we as citizens need to help as much as we can. We do not hear a whole lot about what OFA is doing in the different states. Just like 2010 they were out there, but I just can never forgive Ed Schultz his role in what he did to the Dems in 2010 and I feel ashamed the Dems followed his lead. This is a new campaign. I think he will win. We don’t hear anything about his internal polls. We didn’t in 2008 eith.
    Good morning all and have a great day. Grandson leaving today for his Aunts in Wisconsin, so a little peice and quiet around here again.
    Love you all.

    • 32 jackiegrumbacher
      June 10, 2012 at 9:07 am

      Right on, Roberta. I vividly remember that in my corner of the world in 2008, there were still avid Hillary supporters in June, even though the president had won the delegates. One of our local people actually stormed out and joined the Republicans (I’m not kidding); another, an actual delegate to the Denver convention, was determined to vote for Hillary on the first ballot in hopes of knocking Sen Obama out. Only Hillary Clinton’s graciousness in delivering the NY delegates to Obama scotched that scenario. Even in the fall of 2008, there were bruised feelings and less than overwhelming support for our president. Well, fast forward to 2012 and those divisions are gone, no matter what you hear from the well-funded Ed Rendell. Yesterday, two of our most ardent Hillary supporters were praising the president to potential voters and it was obvious they were doing it from the heart. Our party, as annoying as it can sometimes be, is now united. One other point, some Republican said they didn’t have Romney bumper stickers, yard signs and buttons because the campaign hadn’t sent them yet. Well, no campaigns have sent out materials yet. But Democrats have dug into their own pockets, purchased their own button making machines, and made their own signs to promote our president. Now tell me who is more united and enthusiastic.

      Your point about the OFA is also on the money. They have always operated under the radar and they have always been underestimated by the media. Why? Because they bring no money to the media bottomline. They are just powerfully, incredibly
      effective and they are silent.

      • 33 TrumpDog
        June 10, 2012 at 10:21 am

        I also remember during 2008 how the press were constantly bringing up the divide between Hillary supporters and Obama. Remember P.U.M.A always being promoted…errr…. bought up?

        And OFA; I recall people over at DKos trashing the organization. Didn’t understand why. I also remember a news article basically declaring it dead.
        What the fuck do they know and what do they have to say about it now?

    • June 10, 2012 at 4:24 pm

      I think it is important to consider what BWD has to say. We have a tendency to attack anyone who is not wholeheartedly cheering PBO. The issue about messaging is a real issue. It is one reason why the Tea Partiers were so successful in 2010 — and Walker prevailed in Wisconsin last week. We can be self-defeating if we ignore what is happening in the country — and the power of the Tea Party message (backed by corporatism’s most powerful individuals).

      Much of the country is not getting our message. It is not getting through. Be ye, therefore, as wise as serpents……

  11. June 10, 2012 at 8:41 am

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman on Saturday morning called the current state of the U.S. economy “incredibly awful.”

    “If you don’t know multiple people who are suffering, then you must be living in a very rarefied environment,” he said in a brief address to the Netroots Nation conference. “You must be maybe a member of the Romney clan, or something.”


    • 36 anniebella
      June 10, 2012 at 9:30 am

      And that’s just the way the Republicans want the economy to be, incredibly awful. The Republicans gone on vacation, if you are concern about the people as they claim why not cancel vacation and stay in town and work on passing that infrastructure bill that’s sitting in Congress gathering dust. My hope and prayer is that people will see that things would be alot better if President Obama had a Congress to work with him, instead of obstruct everything. This do nothing Congress lead by Boehner haven’t done a darn thing for the American people.

  12. June 10, 2012 at 8:42 am

    7:25 PM EDT, SATURDAY JUNE 9, 2012
    Obama To Netroots: ‘Change Is Hard, But We’ve Seen That It Is Possible’ (VIDEO)


  13. June 10, 2012 at 8:44 am

    In the wake of the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights voted 5-3 on Friday to examine whether “stand your ground” laws across the country have a racial bias.


  14. June 10, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Patrick Gaspard did a very, very good job of answering all questions related to the Campaign.
    And Chris had Him on for 20 minutes…

  15. June 10, 2012 at 8:45 am

    As if the Citizens United ruling were not malvolent enough, the House Republicans are seeking to make it worse. According to the Supreme Court in Citizens United, corporate spending does not distort the political process, give rise to the appearance of corruption, or undermine the people’s faith in democracy. Obviously, they are out of their minds, but a big part of their reasoning is that disclosure requirements should allow the people to see who is sending them a political message. To further that end, the FCC released new guidelines in late April.


  16. June 10, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Oops! Spoke to early! Chris now has Jastings on, sticking up for McSame painting the WH as the source of the Leaks.
    Spoke to early- click!

  17. June 10, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Oooooooh—-nothing infuriates me more than what I am watching on Today Show right now. The father-in-law and atty. of the step-father arrested for continuously beating his son with a belt during a game of backyard catch are defending his actions. They are not defensible. The grandfather of the abused child, said to have ADHD, said the kid was “mouthing off”, as if that was any kind of excuse, and that his church had told his son in law that corporal punishment works. I worked with kids from these kinds of families for years and no one escapes damage from this kind of discipline. When I hear people say “my mama beat me and I’m fine” etc., no they’re not, they’re lying. No one is fine after that kind of physical discipline/abuse. There are always lifetime affects——loss of self-esteem, alcohol and drug problems, obesity issues, emotional problems, anger issues and on and on and on. People need to stop that cycle of corporal punishment. It’s horrible, lazy, uneducated parenting, and it always damages their children.

    • June 10, 2012 at 8:57 am

      I saw that. He did not catch the Ball, so let’s beat His Ass? Are you kidding me?

    • 49 desertflower
      June 10, 2012 at 10:34 am

      I could not agree more!This kind of thing makes my blood boil. There is never an excuse to do that to a child. Ever. And it DOES always damage a child…lazy parenting is not even the word for this. The word, is abusive!

  18. June 10, 2012 at 8:55 am

    President Obama taped a surprise video message for activists attending the progressive Netroots Nation conference, telling them that “change is hard, but we’ve seen it’s possible.”

    “It’s hard to believe this is already the fourth Netroots Nation of my presidency,” said Obama, greeting attendees in the pre-recorded message which was played at the summit in Providence, R.I. on Saturday. “That’s like 200,000 news cycles on Twitter,” he joked.


    With Video…

    • June 10, 2012 at 9:20 am

      And then the Nutroots returned the favor by telling the AP reporter that “liberals are disappointed with Obama”, the headline which was splashed across the country

      • 52 globalcitizenlinda
        June 10, 2012 at 9:33 am

        PBO will be completing his second term and handing off to another Dem and believe me, some people in the netroots will still be complaining about PBO – their self-importance never ceases to amaze

      • June 10, 2012 at 9:36 am

        If only we had the Feudal system? This President could be King?
        Sadly, the Nutroots were beaten down with the Bush Presidecy.
        Instead of coming to the Presidents defense, they want Him to be the Liberal GW.
        The Republicans, are in the process of accusing this administration, of what GW did, and we need serious pushback.

        • 54 desertflower
          June 10, 2012 at 10:43 am

          Funny you should ask! http://www.cnn.com/2012/06/08/opinion/obeidallah-liberals-obama/index.html?hpt=hp_bn7

          Liberals want Obama to be a king, not a president

          Can liberals ever be happy? I keep asking myself this question as I hear an increasing number complaining about President Obama.
          There seems to be a Greek chorus of liberal whining: “I’m disappointed by him.” “I expected more.” “I thought he would be different.”


          What’s clear is that the liberals speaking out don’t want a president, they want a king. Albeit a liberal king — but still a king, who would be unrestrained by Congress as well as the checks and balances enshrined in our Constitution.
          These disenchanted liberals apparently wanted Obama — upon taking office — to have instantly transformed every campaign promise into law by the simple wave of a pen. Or maybe they would have preferred Obama to have walked out onto a White House balcony where, in a scene reminiscent of the musical “Evita,” he would be greeted by adoring throngs waiting below, and on the spot, declare that all his ideas were now the law of the land.
          But here’s the problem. Barack Obama is not a king, he’s the president of the United States. For those who may have forgotten the “Schoolhouse Rock” cartoon of “How a bill becomes a law,” Congress needs to first pass the bill before it has any chance of becoming a law.

  19. June 10, 2012 at 8:58 am

  20. June 10, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Axelrod Is on this week and SOTU. Already, Snuflopagas is saying this is the Presidents worst week.
    Playing for free a new Robney ad, once again parsing His words.

  21. 68 globalcitizenlinda
    June 10, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Daily Caution/Reminder:

    • Primary Goal:

    Promote and Defend PBO and his policies BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY

    • 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;

    • Look for POSITIVE stories, videos and other material that supports today’s Team Obama message and share it with as many contacts as 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 total lie;

    • Please make sure that you and ALL your contacts (friends, family, colleagues) are registered to vote with accurate information by checking this website. It lets you know you have not been purged from the voter rolls and that your residential address is current. Please remember to enter ALL four digits of the year: http://www.canivote.org

    • Locate the local office of OFA or DNC and offer to volunteer (recruit fellow volunteers, help organize events, canvass neighborhood, register voters, phone bank, data entry, fundraise, donate, table at events, feed volunteers, clean up etc)

    • See you at President Obama’s Second Inauguration (Sunday January 20th 2013, Location: US Capitol Steps, Washington DC);

    • 69 a4alice
      June 10, 2012 at 9:44 am

      Nice. Thanks Global

      • 70 Alycee (@jazziz2)
        June 10, 2012 at 10:56 am

        Thanks Global. This dovetails nicely with a msg I’m sending to my team.

        BTW, yesterday, at the PA NTL Convention, I met several staff and families from The Obama Academy, a Pittsburgh Magnet School! How cool is that!

        “The Barack Obama Academy of International Studies (formerly Pittsburgh Frick/Pittsburgh IB) is an International Studies magnet school located in Pittsburgh’s East Side community currently serving students in Grades 6-12. We are a certifiied International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (Grades 6-10) and Diploma Programme (Grades 11-12). Parents must apply for acceptance via the school district’s magnet office.

        Pittsburgh Obama 6-12 is committed to providing a quality education within a safe, caring, and nurturing environment. It is a full-school magnet where students who have completed the K-5 program in German, French and Spanish may continue their world languages studies. A Japanese (grade 6 only) and French (grade 6 and 9 only) course is also available for students with no previous language study. Our normal entry points are in Grades 6 and 9. Students who wish to enter in Grades 7, 8, 10 or 11 should contact the school at (412) 622-5980(1) and ask to speak to one of the counselors for further information.”

    • 71 whatisworking
      June 10, 2012 at 10:57 am

      I so appreciate your posts, this is what we need to be asking ourselves everyday. Thanks so much for continuing to post these messages, it helps us focus, stay strong and win.

  22. 72 amk for obama
    June 10, 2012 at 9:12 am


    It’s come down to Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, and Mitt Romney, he’s fighting this image that he has no personality … and the reason for this, of course, is that he has no personality.

  23. 73 amk for obama
    June 10, 2012 at 9:13 am


    Today, Mitt Romney visited a firehouse here in New York City. Of course, he was disappointed when he learned that the firehouse is not where you get to fire people.”

  24. June 10, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Well, all the Sunday Shows are convinced the President has lost His footing and I’d Guilty, guilty, because John McSame, Santorum, Bauchman, Graham and Robbey says so.

  25. 75 amk for obama
    June 10, 2012 at 9:15 am


    Yesterday, Mitt Romney won all five of the primaries. Apparently, when you buy four primaries, you get the fifth for free.

  26. June 10, 2012 at 9:15 am

    • June 10, 2012 at 9:27 am

      Hidden in all of these distractions, the Obama camp has a definitive opening.
      The Robney camp is doubling down on Austerity now, blue collar workers will suffer.
      This is huge, and should be capitalized upon. It could actually be the whole Campaign. They gave us an opening, I hope we use it, and listening to Axelrod, we are going to use these attacks on Teachers, Nurses, Firefighters, police and Construction Workers as a voter outreach.

  27. 78 amk for obama
    June 10, 2012 at 9:18 am


    Everyone throws beads on Mardi Gras. The beads are paid for by local businessmen who ride on elaborate floats and toss little trinkets to the desperate masses in the streets. Which is also Mitt Romney’s economic plan.

  28. 81 hopefruit2
    June 10, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Good Morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, etc. Congratulations Japa on # 1!

    First Daughter Sasha turns 11 today – Happy Birthday Sasha!

    • 82 globalcitizenlinda
      June 10, 2012 at 9:29 am

      Happy Birthday Sasha Obama! May you have many, many, many more and continue to bring joy to your parents, sister, grandma, family and us onlookers

  29. June 10, 2012 at 9:22 am

    All of you should know that Axelrod is very aggressive this Morning. Not letting Candy Crowley get away with Her talking points.
    I am impressed.

  30. June 10, 2012 at 9:27 am

    • June 10, 2012 at 9:29 am

      I am telling you, this Austerity now that Robney is advocating, will be rejected. It is not where America is.

    • June 10, 2012 at 5:30 pm

      I wonder if the GOP believe in the idea of America anymore. The United States has one President right now. And to go overseas to publish an ideological attack against the President of your country shows a lack of patriotism and loyalty that is breathtaking. How sad.

  31. 88 Ladyhawke
    June 10, 2012 at 9:29 am


    Jonathan Chait explains it all: the GOP’s all-in gamble for 2012


    The last sentence of Jonathan Chait’s must-read article in the New Yorker is just the beginning:

    The deepest effect of Obama’s election upon the Republicans’ psyche has been to make them truly fear, for the first time since before Ronald Reagan, that the future is against them.



    • 89 Pamela
      June 10, 2012 at 9:57 am

      To the GOP: the writing is on the wall, you put it there yourselves. And guess what? It’s called graffiti, you have written the end of your own story. No one feels sorry for you.

    • 90 desertflower
      June 10, 2012 at 10:57 am

      I found this interesting:

      That the struggles over the economic policies of the last few years have taken on the style of a culture war should come as no surprise, since conservatives believe Obama has pulled together an ascendant coalition of voters intent on expropriating their money. Paul Ryan, the House Republican budget chairman, has, like many Republicans, cast the fight as pitting “makers” against “takers,” with the latter in danger of irrevocably gaining the upper hand. “The tipping point represents two dangers,” he announced in a speech at the American Enterprise Institute, “first, long-term economic decline as the number of makers diminishes [and] the number of takers grows … Second, gradual moral-political decline as dependency and passivity weaken the nation’s character.”

      I think this is the crux of so much of this rhetoric…the “makers” vs the “takers”….the only problem is, I see THEM as the TAKERS and US as the MAKERS…where, for them, it’s the other way around.

      • 91 Pamela
        June 10, 2012 at 11:40 am

        I’m with you on this, df, all I know is if I don’t work, I don’t MAKE any money. It seems these people who all inherited their money, and have not had to earn it, feel entitled to take whatever they can, and as money=power, they continue to gain control, depleting the lives and the hopes of those of us like me, who, (at 61), know I will have to work for at least another 15-20 years before I can even consider retiring! Paul Ryan seems to have no problem going on an undeserved 9 week vacation from his job, which he doesn’t do very well in the first place. It is we, the makers, who are paying their salaries. According to our laws. (which they made to suit themselves)! Yes, they are the takers, and it seems takers can never get enough.

        • 92 0388jojothecat
          June 10, 2012 at 12:51 pm

          Well isn’t that RICH,,,,lazy crazy ass Paul Ryan bemoaning the people who PAY his salary and benefits as “takers”. This is the most laziest congress in American history. They consider, naming post offices (that will close) and elementary schools after Reagan, “work” then take two weeks off, holding private meetings with their benefactors and selected constituients.

  32. 93 anniebella
    June 10, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Happy Birthday to Miss Sasha Obama. Bless you and your family.

  33. June 10, 2012 at 9:33 am

    “Female shoppers at the big-box superstore are viewed as crucial swing voters in the closely fought 2012 election, and a pair of recent focus groups suggest that Obama’s attempts to portray Republican rival Mitt Romney as a ruthless corporate raider might bear fruit.

    Obama’s attacks on Romney’s private equity career at Bain Capital have been widely panned by pundits and even some prominent Democratic allies, like President Bill Clinton. But the blame-it-on-Bain approach might be hitting its mark with Americans outside Washington.”


  34. 96 Pamela
    June 10, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Happy happy 11th Birthday to Sasha Obama!

  35. June 10, 2012 at 9:37 am

  36. 98 hopefruit2
    June 10, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Chris Hayes has been getting a lot of push back on Twitter apparently for his constant attacks on PBO while giving the GOP a pass. And his response is very arrogant and defensive:

    • 99 hopefruit2
      June 10, 2012 at 9:48 am

      And many people are now seeing the the truth about CH and where his loyalties are.

      • June 10, 2012 at 9:59 am

        Yup! They all have agendas. Basically saying McSame is right, the leaks happened under GW and this President.
        CH is a Ron Paul voter, which has nothing to do with the leftwing, at all.

      • June 10, 2012 at 10:20 am

        And did you see where Phil Griffin, GM of MSNBC, highly praised Hayes as his brightest star? He said Hayes is what msnbc is all about, intellectual discussion in depth without regard to party loyalty, his goal for all of msnbc. Hayes is his ideal. Horrors.

        • June 10, 2012 at 10:27 am

          That is how the far left justifies only bashing the President, by saying they are suddenly independent.
          On Current, Elliot Spitzer says that he and all of Current is independent, TPM is now suddenly independent and of course CH.

        • 106 hopefruit2
          June 10, 2012 at 10:29 am

          And I truly think that this is a big part of Hayes issue with the President. Hayes is used to being told that he is “smart.” The smartest kid in the room, the smartest one in the bunch. He is one of those privileged kids who happens to be bright but probably was also led to think that he was smarter than he actually is. And he has mostly bought into that hype. At age 33, he wants to think he is superior to 50-yr old President Obama in intelligence and accomplishments, but there still remains a nagging feeling that Obama might be in fact head and shoulders above him – adjusting for age and experience, and opportunity. Even at age 29, Obama was demonstrating exceptional leadership qualities and profound thinking patterns rarely seen among people that age.

          People like Ezra Klein and Chris Hayes have been using the media to show off their IQ. In contrast, President Obama has been using his IQ to change lives for the better.

          • 107 Debz
            June 10, 2012 at 11:25 am

            So I guess Chris Hayes’ wife must not be working for the WH anymore, he used to mention that before commenting on the President, also once mentioned his brother worked for the campaign. I would seem he has no reason to care anymore how much he bashes the President. He never impressed me much and I have never watched his show and never will.

          • 108 susanne
            June 10, 2012 at 3:35 pm

            this is a great point: pundits use the media to show off their iq; pbo uses his iq to improve the lives of americans. now who are you going to listen to?

      • 109 Cha
        June 10, 2012 at 4:35 pm

        This is very good to see, hopefruit. There was a caption yesterday on Political Animal by a weekend blogger, Ryan Cooper, I think..that stated, “Why you should watch Chris Hayes” or something like that. I didn’t have the time or inclination to click on because some of those who replaced Steve Benen are just pissing me off.

        Gotta love Extreme Liberal(Jim)..and Chris Hayes sounds like a foolish tool.

    • 110 globalcitizenlinda
      June 10, 2012 at 10:33 am

      wish these people spent even half of their PBO-bashing time exposing rightwingers, the republican party would be totally lacking in support

  37. 111 a4alice
    June 10, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Hey folks hope everyone on TOD is great this morning. I meant to say Bob what a fab idea about the $1 a day. And now that HZ has a fundraising website it will make that an easy thing to do!

    I’ll try to tweet that again today.

    Got a busy day on schedule – just leaving right now to give a little talk to our new Summer Fellows on how I got started being a Neighborhood Team Leader and then off to make sure my other team member is having a good voter reg and then off to help do some more phone calling for our big Day of Action next Saturday. And then.

    Sunday dinner with the fam. Yikes. My house is a mess…… oh well…..

    Everybody have a lovely day. Thanks for all you do. And thanks Chips for keeping a safe and stellar place for discussion.


    • 112 whatisworking
      June 10, 2012 at 11:28 am

      a4alice, thanks for sharing your OFA experiences, hearing stories like yours always fires me up.

  38. 113 forus50
    June 10, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Why did anyone ever want to watch that hyper jabbering idiot Chris Hayes in the first place? He used to annoy me to no end when he would fill in for Maddow.

    • 114 Linda
      June 10, 2012 at 10:25 am

      I watched a couple times…..his stutter is unbearable for me.

    • 115 Pamela
      June 10, 2012 at 11:33 am

      Except for seeing his name here, and listening to you all speak of him, I have no idea who he is….. But overall, in the rare moments I have the stomach to turn on ANY talk show, all I see are people who think the are somehow ‘famous’, that their ‘opinions’ matter, and who seem to have placed themselves in some level of ‘movie star’ category. They all come across as phoneys to me! I just don’t watch them. My life is too full to add junk to it!

  39. June 10, 2012 at 10:05 am

  40. 122 hopefruit2
    June 10, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Now that the WH has launched an investigation – which will most likely point to a GOP aide who leaked the classified info, McCain is backpedaling, fast.

    • 123 theo67
      June 10, 2012 at 5:54 pm

      Sounds like he might be worried that he’s about to get caught in the investigation…. Just saying…

      • 124 overseasgranny
        June 10, 2012 at 6:10 pm

        That was my thought, too, Theo. That McCain was accusing everyone else to get the attention away from himself.

  41. June 10, 2012 at 10:08 am

  42. June 10, 2012 at 10:16 am

    • 129 anniebella
      June 10, 2012 at 10:31 am

      Tell the NJ that Mitt Romney cedes no ground on why he lies about the economy and everything.

    • 130 criquet
      June 10, 2012 at 12:19 pm

      I hope people tweeted back that it was not a gaffe on the economy ,it was the truth about the private sector. Prsident Obama did not say the economy was fine, he said the private sector was doing fine and it is true.

    • 131 theo67
      June 10, 2012 at 5:58 pm

      The private sector is doing just fine – seeing record profits that are decades in the making. The public sector is being decimated. No gaffe.

  43. 132 hopefruit2
    June 10, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Amidst all the lies and foolishness of the media, PL (nutroots), and GOP, the little engine that could keeps growing, working, chugging….

    Week in the field—June 8th, 2012

    // The campaign kept on growing this week, as new organizers got started, volunteers made calls and turned out the vote for primary and state elections on Tuesday. Check out the photos from this week and then sign up to volunteer in your neighborhood. //


    • 133 sabreen60
      June 10, 2012 at 11:37 am

      You know hopefruit that’s why my question to those who say the campaign is “NOT DOING ENOUGH” is exactly WHAT do they want the campaign to do? I need some specifics. If we understand that the media is corp owned and that President Obama received more NEGATIVE coverage than Santorum – really Santorum – that PBO receives more negative than positive coverage every week, then somebody help me out and tell me their specific ideas for what more the campaign should be doing NOW.

      • 134 susanne
        June 10, 2012 at 3:44 pm

        sabreen, i’m not in the ‘ofa has failed’ camp at all–i trust and appreciate their work. and, as someone who listens to pbo’s speeches almost daily, i think i’m not alone in wishing he’d get some new material. some of the lines are a little tired, after umpteen repetitions, and some have said pbo looks tired of repeating them. i also understand that folks who do not listen to him speak daily may not have heard these speeches before, and they are excellent speeches. just hard to imagine our president getting excited about delivering these lines over and over.

        • 135 theo67
          June 10, 2012 at 6:13 pm

          I will never be disappointed in the campaign, because they do their all and they have the absolute best intentions – like Elizabeth Warren said, “I’m saving my rocks for the Republicans”.

          That said – constructive criticism is always good, especially when the stakes are so high. I responded to that survey someone posted earlier and I said that I think the campaign should do more intimate town halls and one-on-one events with smaller groups. Allow the President to just speak and share his vision (like he did at the LGBT event this last week). With the internet, we’re able to share videos, so there’s less need for repeating the stump speech. Better to capitalize on his likeability and ability to connect – which Romney cannot do – and let him talk about real things, address the questions and concerns of the people. President Obama is excellent speaking off the cuff. And he knows his vision and has a strong core – which is why he’s able to answer questions so brilliantly.

          • 136 nathkatun7
            June 10, 2012 at 9:22 pm

            “…constructive criticism is always good, especially when the stakes are so high.” I agree with you, theo67, about constructive criticism. I also like your suggestions on how to improve the campaign. What bothers me about the critics of the campaign, such as some I’ve read here and other blogs, are the venues used to register that criticism. Criticizing the President and his campaign on blogs like this one has a tendency to bring people down and spark unnecessary divisions. I think all of us who have things we don’t like about the campaign should do as you did, or write to Messina and others in the leadership. I am glad that OFA has now provided a venue for people to offer constructive suggestion on how to improve the campaign. My problem with people who keep attacking the White House and the campaign over this abstract thing called “messaging” is that they are attacking the wrong people. In my humble opinion, the culprit is not the lack of effective messaging by the WH or OFA. The culprit (or should I say culprits) is the national media that either refuse to cover the president or filter and distort his message. That’s where our outrage and criticism should be focused on.

            • 137 theo67
              June 10, 2012 at 11:24 pm

              I also hold ordinary citizens responsible for not discerning the truth and the facts. It astounds me that a population of people can comprise the world’s only superpower, and yet be so irresponsible with that responsibility that they choose to be powerless, or uninformed, or deluded. It’s not just the media that is a problem – it’s the gullible public who allow themselves to be pawns in the hands of a few.

  44. 138 utaustinliberal
    June 10, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Nadal leads Djokovic 6-4 in first set!

  45. 140 57andfemale
    June 10, 2012 at 10:33 am


    this is a site that has grassroots activism against misleading and/or lying PAC ads. they are part of the Annenberg Foundation.

    This is something positive we can do today.

  46. June 10, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Hahahahaha! Bob Scheffer is comparing the so called WH leaks, to Watergate and has Bernstein and Wooward on to discuss it.

    You just can’t make this Shit up!

    • 142 utaustinliberal
      June 10, 2012 at 10:37 am

      I saw that BS and I began chuckling. Schieffer is showing his age. Half of the nonsense he utters makes no sense.

  47. 143 utaustinliberal
    June 10, 2012 at 10:36 am

    • 144 hopefruit2
      June 10, 2012 at 10:37 am

      Ha! I was just about to post your tweet – good thing I checked. 🙂

      I knew the Bain attacks were effective – which is why the MSM jumped on it and began trotting out every DEM in the book to try to undermine the msg.

      • June 10, 2012 at 10:48 am

        Rendell was out there again this Morning, bad mouthing the President.
        He also says, he wants to run Hillarys Campaign for Free.

        • 146 hopefruit2
          June 10, 2012 at 11:00 am

          Thank fully Rendell has ZERO credibility among true PBO supporters. The true surrogates like Axelrod and O’malley were hitting all the right spots today. Even Richard Trumka brought his A-game when he contrasted PBO’s policies with Mitt Romney’s destructive plans to cut back on teachers, police officers and firefighters.

        • 147 Linda
          June 10, 2012 at 11:10 am

          Someone needs to put that guy in his place….Expose him for the pig he is.

          • 148 hopefruit2
            June 10, 2012 at 11:17 am

            I think people know him very well. From what I’ve seen, he’s not popular even in his hometown of PA. And now that folks know he’s peddling a book, his nasty media whoring makes sense. Despite his weeks and weeks of TV appearances, PBO’s approvals in swing states including PA, are not declining and in most cases are rising.

        • 149 jackiegrumbacher
          June 10, 2012 at 11:58 am

          Please always remember that Rendell is a big loudmouth and a first-class horse’s ass. I don’t know anyone who gives him any credibility.

        • June 10, 2012 at 1:00 pm

          He wants to run Hillary’s campaign? That is proof that Rendell is no friend of the Clinton’s. Run her campaign? Clearly he really wants her to lose.

        • 151 Cha
          June 10, 2012 at 4:47 pm

          Hillary’s 2016 campaign? Rendell is such a LOSER.

        • 152 theo67
          June 10, 2012 at 6:19 pm

          Makes me sick that instead of concentrating on this election, and the work needed to ensure continued progress for the next four years, Rendell and his cohorts are fantasizing about the future Hillary campaign. It’s ridiculous, and it betrays their complete insensitivity to the plight of the people who need help. Why pursue the Presidency if one isn’t willing to actually do good things with the Presidency? President Obama is doing good, and Rendell & Co just want to win the Office. The President said “[he] didn’t run for President to BE something, but to DO something”. Rendell & Co need to examine their motives.

  48. 154 GGail
    June 10, 2012 at 10:36 am

    Good west coast morning Chipsticks and TOD family.

    Thank you Chipsticks for allowing us to have this fabulous forum for learning and sharing!

    amk – loved the blond joke 🙂

    HZ – I’m so proud of you!

    cat48 – good data from the focus group.

  49. 155 amk for obama
    June 10, 2012 at 10:55 am

    A lawyer and a blonde are sitting next to each other on a long flight from LA to NY. The lawyer leans over to her and asks if she would like to play a fun game. The blonde just wants to take a nap, so she politely declines and rolls over to the window to catch a few winks.

    The lawyer persists and explains that the game is really easy and a lot of fun. He explains “I ask you a question, and if you don’t know the answer, you pay me $5, and visa-verse.” Again, she politely declines and tries to get some sleep.

    The lawyer, now somewhat agitated, says, “Okay, if you don’t know the answer you pay me $5, and if I don’t know the answer, I will pay you $100!” figuring that since she is a blonde that he will easily win the match. This catches the blonde’s attention and, figuring that there will be no end to this torment unless she plays, agrees to the game.

    The lawyer asks the first question. “What’s the distance from the earth to the moon?” The blonde doesn’t say a word, reaches in to her purse, pulls out a five-dollar bill and hands it to the lawyer.

    Now, it’s the blonde’s turn. She asks the lawyer: “What goes up a hill with three legs, and comes down with four?” The lawyer looks at her with a puzzled look. He takes out his laptop computer and searches all his references. He taps into the
    Airphone with his modem and searches the Net and the Library of Congress. Frustrated, he sends E-mails to all his coworkers and friends he knows. All to no avail. After over an hour, he wakes the blonde and hands her $100. The blonde politely takes the $100 and turns away to get back to sleep.

    The lawyer, who is more than a little miffed, wakes the blonde and asks, “Well, so what is the answer!?” Without a word, the blonde reaches into her purse, hands the lawyer $5, and goes back to sleep.

  50. 159 utaustinliberal
    June 10, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Gov. O’Malley and Richard Trumka were great on Face The Nation.

  51. June 10, 2012 at 11:01 am

  52. 163 utaustinliberal
    June 10, 2012 at 11:02 am

  53. 165 desertflower
    June 10, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Any questions? http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/06/10/496956/republican-governor-calls-for-abolition-of-public-sector-unions/

    REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR CALLS FOR ABOLITION OF PUBLIC SECTOR UNIONS. | Appearing this morning on Fox News Sunday, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels called for the elimination of public sector unions. Huffington Post reports: “Wallace… asked whether Daniels would like to see public-sector unions disappear entirely. ‘I think government works better without them, I really do,’ Daniels replied.” In 2005, Daniels signed an executive order that “eliminated collective bargaining rights for government workers.” As a result, workers in the state “receive lowers salaries and must pay higher health care costs.”

  54. June 10, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Howard Kurtz just opened his show by asking if Romney is getting way more scrutiny than President Obama has. I looked for the lightning bolt. Couldn’t believe it didn’t strike. (he aired clips of someone saying something about Seamus the dog and MHP talking about Willard’s penchant for bullying to prove his point) Yes, Howie, no one has criticized President Obama for anything. OMG! Just preposterous. No longer shocking, it’s the new normal.

    • June 10, 2012 at 11:11 am

      I saw that! Twilight Zone…
      The media really wants their tax cuts! Can’t you tell?

    • 168 sherijr
      June 10, 2012 at 11:27 am

      Get ready for the debates… because I believe those are exactly the one-sided type questions/statements we’ll be seeing. Every question will be geared against POTUS and setup for Romney’s benefit.. see ABC debates on steroids. And if I’m wrong- good.. but I foresee us having to be very vigilant and prepared to kick a lotta of dishonest media butt.

    • 169 hopefruit2
      June 10, 2012 at 11:30 am

      Yes, I was astonished when I saw the CNN schedule on my TV guide and the segment was titled “The media’s bias against Romney.”


    • 170 anniebella
      June 10, 2012 at 11:43 am

      dotster3, I just sent Mr. Kurtz a email, and I answer his question.

    • 171 nathkatun7
      June 10, 2012 at 9:32 pm

      That’s why I think that it does not matter what the President does or says, the media are determined to destroy him.

  55. June 10, 2012 at 11:08 am

    UT Austin Liberal- you just tweeted to Lis Smith, that Omalley did great on FTN.
    I just read your tweet, over there…

  56. June 10, 2012 at 11:10 am

    • June 10, 2012 at 11:36 am

      Good Morning Chips and TOD Family. What a beautiful morning on the West Coast. A beautiful Happy Birthday to Sasha Obama, lovely First Daughter. I hope she is having a great day.

      Also to my wonderful TOD family, thank you for showing off for my Fundraiser Page yesterday. So, I will continue to have more beautiful people just keep showing off as long as you care to. I am soooooooooooooooooooo grateful to all of you. I took your advice, and I just raised my goal to $444.00. Is that okay. This is so exciting how beautiful you all have been in my first out of the box on this effort. You have made me so happy and so grateful. Let us PRESSON and No TURNING BACK. We have a Great POTUS.

      Whatever you can donate, I will appreciate it so much. Thank you, thank you, and thank you. ((((((((( I love you all so much)))))))) HZ

      • 177 amk for obama
        June 10, 2012 at 11:50 am

        Congrats HZ on reaching the first goal in less than a day. $314 now raised from just 19 people.

        $444 is a cool goal. Way to go Obots.

        • June 10, 2012 at 3:26 pm

          Thanks amk. You are so encouraging to me. Yes, congrats are in order. Can you believe it? We raised $314.00 in less than 24 hours with 19 people. We are a ‘force of Obots’ to not mess with at all.

          I up the goal this morning after many thought that I should. I chose $444.00 (4 more for 44). If we reach this one, I have another very important dollar amount statement to make that applies to PBO and our TOD Family.

          We are going to stay focus and move FORWARD. Thanks amk for all of your great energy and great tweets as well. HZ

      • 179 mtmarilyn
        June 10, 2012 at 12:07 pm

        Was so glad to donate to your cause HZ!!!!!!!!! You are a wonderful inspiration to us all. Your posts always are always such a joy to read.

        • June 10, 2012 at 3:31 pm

          (((((((((((( Thanks to you also, mtmarilyn))))))))))) You always have such a gentle but firm spirit. I love that about you. Thank you for all that you do.. I hope that you did receive my Thank You. I appreciate all of you so much. You have given me such joy when things are moving rather painfully and causes my efforts to move slowly, but ” I Still Rise.” as the Great Dr. Maya Angelou spoke in that great poem. HZ

    • 181 anniebella
      June 10, 2012 at 11:53 am

      You know why G.W. Bush isn’t saying anything,because he has his lying no good mouth piece doing the dirty work…….Karl Rove.

  57. 182 amk for obama
    June 10, 2012 at 11:28 am

  58. 183 desertflower
    June 10, 2012 at 11:32 am


    Rather than taking up the banner and the burden of the causes I believe in, or questioning my own consumptive habits, I’ve come to rely on private moments of indignation for moral vindication. I fume at the iniquity of Pundit A and laugh at the hypocrisy of Candidate B and feel absolved — without ever having left my couch. It’s a closed system of scorn and self-congratulation.

    My fixation on conservative demagogues also includes a share of covert envy. The truth is that I feel overrun by moral uncertainty, bewildered by the complexity of our planetary crises. Wouldn’t it be nice, I ask myself, to feel entirely sure of my beliefs? To shout down anyone who disagrees with me? To dismiss peak oil and global warming as fairy tales? To accept capitalism as a catechism?

    But what’s really happening when I scoff at Sarah Palin’s latest tweet amounts to a mimetic indulgence: I’m bleeding the world of nuance, surrendering to the seduction of binary thinking.

    This pattern of defensive grievance, writ large, has derailed the liberal agenda and crippled the nation’s moral progress.

    • 184 desertflower
      June 10, 2012 at 11:35 am

      Imagine, if you will, the domino effect that would ensue if liberals and moderates simply tuned out the demagogues. Yes, they would still be able to manipulate their legions into endorsing cruel and self-defeating policies. But their voices would be sealed within the echo chamber of extremism and sealed off from the majority of Americans who honestly just want our common problems solved. They would be marginalized in the same way as activists who rant about racial purity or anarchy.
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      Rush Limbaugh would be a radio host catering to a few million angry commuters, not the alpha male of conservatism. Fox News would be a popular fringe network, not the reliable conduit by which paranoid hogwash infects our mainstream media.

      In this world, it would be much harder to mislead people because media outlets would shift their resources to covering the content of proposed legislation, the exploding role of corporate influence in our affairs of state and the scientifically confirmed predicaments we face as a species.

      • 185 desertflower
        June 10, 2012 at 11:37 am

        Last thing from this article..promise:

        My personal goal is simple: to go cold turkey on conservative wing nuts and instead take up the hard work of genuine political action. It’s time for all of us — liberal, conservative and otherwise — to define ourselves as Americans not by who we hate but by what we can do to strengthen our communities and country.

  59. 191 hopefruit2
    June 10, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Chris Hayes is also peddling a book. It appears that writing books and peddling them to money are the sole agendas of these media folks. And if it means distorting reality, attacking our President or helping the GOP, just to get that book sold, then so be it.

  60. 192 hopefruit2
    June 10, 2012 at 11:41 am

  61. 193 amk for obama
    June 10, 2012 at 11:42 am

  62. 196 amk for obama
    June 10, 2012 at 11:43 am

  63. 197 amk for obama
    June 10, 2012 at 11:51 am

  64. 198 ChristiMTL
    June 10, 2012 at 11:53 am

    On twitter earlier

    CNNs Howard Kurtz states: “I admire CNN for being a straight up news organization not partisan like MSNBC.”

  65. 206 Linda
    June 10, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    hahahha…here is a comment from another site…….

    The family cat just_coughed_up_a_hairball_that bears a_striking_resemblance to Chuck Todd.
    Should I put it on_ebay_?


  66. 210 Jessica
    June 10, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Happy Birthday Ms. Sasha Fierce. I hope she has a great bday and summer vacation.

  67. 211 hopefruit2
    June 10, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Ha! David Axelrod didn’t give that CNN hack Candy Crowley any chance to spew her RW talking points. He shut her the fuck up and let her know what time it was.

    Thank you Mr. Axelrod 🙂

  68. 215 amk for obama
    June 10, 2012 at 12:17 pm
  69. 217 amk for obama
    June 10, 2012 at 12:24 pm

  70. 218 amk for obama
    June 10, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    • 219 Linda
      June 10, 2012 at 12:34 pm

      Didn’t they say that last week ?

      • June 10, 2012 at 12:42 pm

        Robert Reich said it last week. Had me on pins and needles all week.

      • 221 globalcitizenlinda
        June 10, 2012 at 12:58 pm

        what I know for sure is that the SCOTUS term ends in June so the ACA ruling will have to come out sometime this month.

        I have no clue which specific that will be but chances are it may be amongst the last ones handed down given the anticipated national reaction and possible backlash

    • 222 Jessica
      June 10, 2012 at 12:37 pm

      Oh lord. Let’s see if supreme court 100% corrupt or just 75%.

    • 224 globalcitizenlinda
      June 10, 2012 at 1:03 pm

      I hope the rightwingers on SCOTUS understand that standing up for ideology is less important than maintaining the integrity of the a national institution.

      polls say people are against ACA but I doubt if they will take kindly to 5 rightwingers throwing out a policy just because they hate the President who pushed it through

  71. 231 amk for obama
    June 10, 2012 at 12:30 pm

  72. 232 desertflower
    June 10, 2012 at 12:41 pm


    Police impersonation seems to be a tactic Mitt Romney is perfectly comfortable with. I don’t know about you, but to me this is not just one of those stories that we should shrug off as a smear. It’s part and parcel of how Romney and Republicans view authority and its role in our government. On the one hand, they believe themselves to be above the law, and on the other, use the cover of authority to intimidate and bully their way toward whatever goal they may have.

    Are there any investigative reporters left out there? If so, I’d like to suggest the names Jay Garrity, Mark Glanville and William Ritter as a place to start.

    Question…are these people still on Romney’s payroll in some capacity?

  73. 234 Linda
    June 10, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    Someone needs to tweet David Gregory and tell him that this weeks show was the best one since he got the job.

  74. 243 LadyTNT
    June 10, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Happy Birthday Sasha!!!!

  75. 245 sabreen60
    June 10, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    I am sure there are probably some wealthy folks who believe this sarcasm. Or is it really sarcasm???
    Read it – It’s funny, head shaking and scary.

    Allow me to introduce myself, I am the 1% – I’d say nice to meet you, but we have never really met… nor do we want to. (If by accident we shake your hand we use Purell immediately. Poverty could be contagious.)


    Perhaps you have wondered if a presidential candidate from my elite group, Mitt Romney, has a clue what it takes to maintain a home? To live on minimum wage? To earn slightly above it? Or for a family of four to survive on $40,000 a year? – I’ll save you the suspense, no, he does not.

    Just like me, Mitt can’t relate to your stick homes and your cheapo cars. You see, we are not rich, we are wealthy. There is a big difference between the two and peons like you would never understand.


    • 246 desertflower
      June 10, 2012 at 1:22 pm

      This was TOTALLY bashing the RW! She used snark to do it, but it was pretty effective and spot on. I think this should fly all over the place….this is PRECISELY how these people feel, and probably what they say to each other, out of ear shot of the “staff” they’re talking about!


    • 247 desertflower
      June 10, 2012 at 1:33 pm

      sabreen…you hit the motherload of commentary when you found this great site!
      Another MUST READ


      • 248 sabreen60
        June 10, 2012 at 3:54 pm

        desertflower – This is a great site. Someone linked to in on Twitter. I can’t believe a comment I read by someone here that Twitter is, in essence, pretty irrelevant. I hope Olivia’s blog goes viral. You are absolutely right. I think it’s a motherload of commentary, also. I am so thankful to the person who linked to it on Twitter.

  76. 249 globalcitizenlinda
    June 10, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    after reflecting on the story of mitt and his aides impersonating cops that DF linked to above from crooks and liars, I think this is connected to why mitt thinks we do not need cops.

    may be we need to ask mitt:

    hey mitt the bullying serial liar, is your belief that we do not need cops, firefighters and teachers based on the record of you and your 3 MA aides’ habit of impersonating cops and state troopers?

  77. 251 utaustinliberal
    June 10, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Hello and bye bye TOD. Just popping in and popping out. Off to go volunteer for OFA. Wish me luck! Have a wonderful sunday. See you in a few hours. Remember if you get down; volunteer, donate, email, call, Facebook, tweet, and keep marching on. Trust me. Doing something no matter how small for OFA feels soooooooooo good. 😀

  78. 254 desertflower
    June 10, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Chips, if there is any room left, you might consider adding this site to the blogroll….she is one of us.


    • 259 jackiegrumbacher
      June 10, 2012 at 4:58 pm

      Oh lucky me. The despicable Corbett made it to the list confirming what everybody in PA already knows.

  79. 260 desertflower
    June 10, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    OMG. Mr. Moyers must be the only intelligent, thinking journalist left on the planet!


    Big money and big media have coupled to create a ‘Disney World’ of democracy in which TV shows, televised debates, even news coverage is being dumbed down, resulting in a public less informed than it should be, says Marty Kaplan, director of USC’s Norman Lear Center and an entertainment industry veteran. In this encore broadcast, Bill Moyers talks with Kaplan about how taking news out of the journalism box and placing it in the entertainment box is hurting democracy and allowing special interest groups to manipulate the system.

  80. June 10, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    In less than one hour, Ireland vs. Croatia. In the GAA Munster Senior quarter-finals this afternoon Cork beat Kerry.

  81. 264 Liberal Librarian
    June 10, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    According to Euronews and exit polls, Socialists are ahead in the first round of parliamentary voting.

  82. 266 donna dem 4 obama
    June 10, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    HGood Afternoon TOD


    Woah! I guess I missed quite a bit yesterday. Well, I have a good story to share with you all.

    I have a cousin that is like a sister to me. We actually were raised together in my grandmother’s home in DC so we share a lot of common interest. She’s a retired fed. gov’t employee so I have been really on her about volunteering for the 2012 campaign. I’ve often thought she would be great at it but she always said it just wasn’t her thing. She thinks I obsess about PBO and need therapy. 😆

    Recently I did a big personal favor for her and after she said, “let me know what I can do for you, anything goes”. Well, you know how this story goes…. I told her I wanted her to get up on Saturday morning and go with me to help register voters in VA. Her response was, “Donna have you lost your mind”? I said maybe but your word is your bond so this is what I want since you said you would do anything I wanted. This is what I want!

    We head out yesterday and team up to carpool to Va. She is fussing at me the entire drive to Va. She tells me she is just going to sit there and do nothing. She’s determined to be a spoiled brat. We get there and get our canvassing packets and she seems surprised at how fired up these volunteers are. We head over to the Mall because I prefer public spaces rather than knocking on doors.

    I approach the first person and ask, “excuse me have you updated your voter registration information”. The person has moved to the state recently and just updated her voter registration info at the DMV and thanked us both for being out there. I get that show of appreciation a lot in Northern Virginia. 😉 After about 15 minutes of her just watching me she decides to give it a try. The next thing I know she is all over that Mall parking lot talking to potential voters.

    Suddenly I hear her yelling for me and waving for me to come right away. I run over and she got a hit. A young AA 19 year old out shopping with his girlfriend needs to register. My cousin is so excited that she forgets what she needs to do. I got him started and said “J” can answer any questions if you need anymore assistance.

    This was her only “catch” of the day but I got her hooked. Needless to say she’s now got the fever. 😎

    Get out there TOD. Voter registration is the easiest thing you can do for this campaign.

    Have a great productive O’Day!

    • 267 desertflower
      June 10, 2012 at 2:21 pm

      🙂 She couldn’t have a better mentor than you! Great job…hope Linda sees this:) Now, off to run errands and shop…the animals will revolt if they have no food tonight, and we can’t have that!

    • 270 Pamela
      June 10, 2012 at 2:35 pm

      So, DD4O, maybe you and your lovely cousin can go to therapy together… Chances are the therapist will end up out canvassing with you! Bless your heart! 🙂

    • 273 sherijr
      June 10, 2012 at 3:08 pm

      Oh Donna that is such a wonderful motivating story~ congratulations to you and to your cousin, well done:)

      Living in ND I have never done voter registration as we are the only state that doesn’t require it.. thus I’m really looking forward to having the opportunity when I move to MD.

      On another note.. I do get to vote here in the primaries on Tuesday.. another vote cast for my favorite President.

      I wonder though will voting here in ND for the primary prevent me from voting in the election in Nov in MD??

    • June 10, 2012 at 3:37 pm

      Very nice, Donna.

      I too, missed a bunch yesterday. Nonetheless, last Saturday was my first time out and I was floored by the number of people who were just ready to cast their vote for PBO. As I reported here, most were already registered. The three I got were registered, but needed to update their registration, which we did. This Saturday, we got rained out and did not get the chance to go out. But the upcoming Saturday promises to be a good day, as Juneteenth is being celebrated at a local facility just opened in town. My family and my registration buddy and her family plan to be out there looking to register votes.

      As an aside, my sister lives in Maryland and is an enthusiastic PBO supporter. She volunteers at the Silver Spring office phone banking, which she loves. She had an experience on Thursday, I believe that she shared with me. She called this older lady who lives in Virginia and was already registered. She asked if the lady would be interested in volunteering. She said the lady told her she volunteers everyday for PBO, when she plays cards with her friends, visits the doctor or whereever she is. My sister said the woman profusely thanked her for helping to re-electing PBO. Then my sister said she asked her if she saw PBO when he went to Virginia. She asked my sister, did you see this old lady he was hugging, my sister could not remember, but the lady told her that it was her. She said next time you see that picture know that it is me. Again, my sister said she profusely thanked her and told her to continue doing what she is doing so that we relect PBO. My sister said she told her she would and that she hoped he will be reelected. My sister said the lady told her don’t hope, believe that we are going to re-elect him.

      In my outings, I never miss a chance to talk about PBO, when the opportunity arises. I have two “Barack Obama” bags, one is a backpack and the other is a tote. Those two are my magnets. Works like a charm.

    • 276 hopefruit2
      June 10, 2012 at 3:37 pm

      WOW Donna, this is a great story. Changing hearts and minds one person at a time – thanks for sharing with us!

    • 278 nathkatun7
      June 10, 2012 at 10:55 pm

      That’s the mainstream media in nutshell! They are on a mission to mis-educate the American people.

  83. 279 overseasgranny
    June 10, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    In less than one hour, Ireland vs. Croatia. In the GAA Munster Senior quarter-finals this afternoon Cork beat Kerry. Having a problem having this post. Darn ole WordPress.

  84. 280 donna dem 4 obama
    June 10, 2012 at 2:35 pm


    “These Guys”!

  85. 286 okeyo
    June 10, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    With all the commentaries the past few days we all her to look at the final analysis we need our more years there is no giong back and for Todder Please anyone that know how to post videos showed help post Teddy pendergrass ” Wake Up Everybody “(essential teddy) that will show us what we are ighting for because this President have done so much for us we will win this for Obama and or the good o our country where all are treated equally and given a chance to make it. What a magniicent place is this site that calms me down when I see how the MSM treats our president. this most qualified person that has held this position.

    • 287 okeyo
      June 10, 2012 at 2:48 pm

      Sorry or some erros ” fighting for, and for the good of our country ” looks like my F has refused to compromise with me

  86. 289 0388jojothecat
    June 10, 2012 at 2:53 pm

  87. June 10, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    amk for Obama – loved the late night Mittens jokes. Have you seen this page?


  88. 291 eyecandi
    June 10, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Can someone tell me about Romney dressing up as a police.? I heard about this earlier this week but no details…

  89. June 10, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    A thought from Chicago… I am sorry but I have been away from TOD for the past few days. There has been so much happening that I have found it difficult to check in online. As a result of my hiatus, I have also been away from following the day to day political tit for that. I have gone through this afternoon to read BWD’s open letter and to read some of the comments that have been elicited. Just a few words…

    Having worked on several political campaigns and knowing several people who currently work at HQ of the Obama Campaign, I can say this. BWD’s open letter will be received in the spirit as it was offered. It offers constructive criticism and provides a window into what some of the campaign’s most dedicated supporters think and have to say. It provides invaluable information to a campaign. I have no doubt that there are many at HQ who will be grateful to read the words. The main reason being that it is coming from a FRIEND and therefore means all the more. The campaign is currently at the stage of trying out various messages and narratives to see what most resonates with voters. There are countless focus groups and a ton of polling happening right now. This is a season of trying to figure out what works. I would anticipate that by early August the campaign will have a strong narrative that will be pushed until November. This can feel so incredibly frustrating but I think that the folks at HQ know that many, many of us (even those like me who eat and breathe politics) are currently checked out from the process while we get ready for the big summer events and get our kids situated for camp etc…

    Finally, I want to say that I understand how frightening these days must feel for so many of us. We don’t know what will happen and we can’t understand why so many people might consider voting for Mitt Romney who is a pathological liar. I will say this: It was ALWAYS a long-shot to believe that someone like Barack Obama could be the President of a country like the U.S. A country that 50 years ago was still insisting that many of its citizens were unequal and therefore unworthy of the rights of citizenship. Even during an economic meltdown caused by years of Republican mismanagement, only 53% of the country voted for this man. Folks should always keep this at the forefront of their minds. It was always going to be tough for him to run for re-election. The President has consistently warned about this. He knows the stakes. He is also one of the smartest and most adaptive people I know. He can see where things are in the country. He understands what must be done. He also knows that for many of us, he is our last best hope for progress beyond a right-wing ideology based in fear, lack, and selfishness. HE KNOWS THIS which means that he will work on a better message that will appeal to more people.

    Let’s assume the best of intentions from each other. Let’s refrain from calling people names. Most importantly, let’s mirror the behavior that we would like to see from the campaign by pushing out a clear narrative about the past 3.5 years to our friends, families, and strangers. This is a concrete and useful way that we can support the re-election effort.

    • 295 sherijr
      June 10, 2012 at 3:24 pm

      MK- your comment is so thoughtful & helpful, thank you for stating it so beautifully.

    • 296 desertflower
      June 10, 2012 at 4:49 pm

      With a giant hug and a big thank you:) I hope everyone reads, and heeds, the words and feelings that you have expressed here.

    • 297 jackiegrumbacher
      June 10, 2012 at 4:49 pm

      Mk, your insight is invaluable. I love your phrase, “let’s mirror the behavior that we would like to see from the campaign by pushing out a clear narrative about the past 3.5 years to friends, families and neighbors.” This is our charge as PBO supporters and what we must do everyday.

      • June 10, 2012 at 4:59 pm

        Thanks so much for the compliment. The words come from the heart and I have so much respect for everyone here. We are powerful when we all pull in the same direction.

  90. 299 utaustinliberal
    June 10, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Looks like Mitch Daniels has “gone off the reservation” as the saying goes.

    • 300 vcprezofan2
      June 10, 2012 at 3:48 pm

      Hi UTAL, how did the volunteering go? Any ‘new’ registrants? 😆

    • 301 globalcitizenlinda
      June 10, 2012 at 3:58 pm

      mitch daniels has ALSO misread WI because he says he wants to get rid of public unions completely. who does he think supports this idea except pompus ideological rightwingers like him

  91. 302 whatisworking
    June 10, 2012 at 3:41 pm


    In keeping with my post of yesterday, I will try and come here each day to list what I will do to help get the President elected. I am so delighted to see others here doing the same thing. Yah for US.

    Today I am going to a phone bank where we will call into Nevada to ask for support of the President and to gather a list of folks who are interested in volunteering. Two members of our group are at a Farmers Market where they are selling buttons, passing out the wallet sized list of PBOs 50 Top Accomplishments and asking folks to sign “I’m In” cards.

    What can you do today? Go to this page to find an event near you, anyone can attend, even if you have not officially signed up to be in OFA. https://my.barackobama.com/page/event/search_simple?source=primary-nav

    If you don’t have an OFA in your area, lets find someone near you who can help you carpool to a neighboring city or help you start your own OFA. It only takes you and one other person and you have a team.

    If you can’t leave your house you can make phone calls using the OFA website. You can choose to use a script about Health Care, Environmental Issues or the Economy.

    Tweet for Progress

    Keep those stories coming, they give us strength, inspire us to act and will ultimately be the reason we win in November.

    Virtual Hugs

  92. 303 vcprezofan2
    June 10, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Well the Repub ‘leader’ doesn’t have all his ducks lined up behind him yet. Check Daniels take on WI.

  93. 307 whatisworking
    June 10, 2012 at 3:47 pm


    This was alluded to earlier by LInda, but I wanted to formalize my suggestion.

    This week David Axelrod was on 1 or 2 of the Sunday shows, and Governor O’Malley, Van Jones, and a few others were also on.

    We need to send positive messages to 2 groups.

    1. the shows that put Democrats on
    2. the Democrats that did a good job.

    I caught bits and pieces of the shows – so don’t feel I could give an accurate overview. Could someone here provide the names of the shows, who was on, and a summary of how they did.

    One other suggestion, if someone turned in a mixed performance (like they were on message for certain areas and off for others) i would recommend starting your feedback with a compliment and then instead of blasting them for the comments you disagree with, try tactfully suggesting they change their comments.

    This page can be used to look up media contacts


    If folks have more info on media that I can add, I will check back in 2 hours after the phone bank.

    Press On.

    • 308 utaustinliberal
      June 10, 2012 at 4:13 pm

      Hey Linda, you can read my tweets above. I watched Governor Martin O’Malley and Richard Trumka on Face The Nation and I tweeted about what they said and how they were staunch defenders of PBO. I also tweeted and thanked them for their appearance.

      Their twitter handles are @GovernorOMalley and @RichardTrumka.

      I also watched David Axelrod on State of the Union with Candy Crowley and This Week on ABC. He was wonderful as usual. His twitter handle is @DavidAxelrod

      I also watched Rahm Emanuel on GPS with Fareed Zakaria and he was great. You can also check my tweets upthread. His twitter handle is @RahmEmanuel.

  94. 309 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    June 10, 2012 at 3:51 pm

  95. 312 Claire
    June 10, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    My niece broke up with her boyfriend because she feels that he lacks ambition. She said, “You know I should have dumped him as soon as I found out that he was not registered to vote. That’s says a lot about a guy.” I told her I couldn’t agree more, but couldn’t we at least get him registered?? :))

    • 313 0388jojothecat
      June 10, 2012 at 4:50 pm

      Unless he has NO DESIRE to vote…..getting someone registered does not mean he will vote.

  96. June 10, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    And Governor Walker split with Robney today, saying that Firefighters and Teachers ate not Big Government.
    But, CNN acts like he never said it!

  97. 315 0388jojothecat
    June 10, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    Watching TEA/CNN Mexico students protesting the “MEDIA” the CORRUPT Media….we need to take their lead if our USA Corporate
    Corrupt media continues to carry water for the GOP.

  98. June 10, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Writer blasts big holes in Scarborough’s idiotic assertion that threw Obama, Rubio and Palin in the same pot, that none were/are prepared for their positions—-same, same, same.

    • 317 Bill
      June 10, 2012 at 6:06 pm

      Morning Joe is an intellectual moron, but yet he fancies himself as part of the New York intelligentsia.

    • 318 nathkatun7
      June 10, 2012 at 11:37 pm

      Thanks dotster3. That was a good read. Scarborough is an idiot! One of our greatest presidents, Abraham Lincoln, was a one term congressman. He even lost a senate contest 2 years before he was elected President. The man he defeated for the the presidency in 1860, Stephen Douglas, was the same man that had defeated him for the Illinois U.S. Senate seat in 1858. What qualifies Joe Scarborough, or any of the media pundits, to decide who is qualified to be President?

  99. June 10, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Good riddance Dylan Ratigan!—-leaving msnbc end of month! Hooray!

  100. June 10, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    They are trying to equate The President with Bush, with all the leaks.
    All except for, their was no particular individual given up to protect the President.
    Like…, Valerie Plame.
    The GOP tries to turn the table, far to often!

  101. June 10, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    Why not Karen Finney or Crstal ball, in
    Dyllans spot?

  102. 342 utaustinliberal
    June 10, 2012 at 5:55 pm

  103. 343 hopefruit2
    June 10, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Youtube hearts President Obama.

  104. 344 hopefruit2
    June 10, 2012 at 6:11 pm

  105. 345 utaustinliberal
    June 10, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    Not only does Lis Smith of Obama2012 follow me but now Patrick Gaspard from the DNC and Obama2012 is following me? AGHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!! Freaking awesome! 😀 😀 😀

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