Dining Dads

President Obama jokes with U.S. Army 1st Lt Bill Edwards as they eat at Kenny’s BBQ in honor of the upcoming Father’s Day weekend. Edwards is the 2012 Military Fatherhood Award Winner



Chat away 😉

217 Responses to “Dining Dads”

  1. 1 hopefruit2
    June 13, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    FIRST 🙂

  2. June 13, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Hi Folks, gone a long time. Missed you all.

  3. 21 LOL
    June 13, 2012 at 1:28 pm


    Mitt Romney ran into a minor bit of turbulence last week when he visited an Iowa restaurant and failed to greet the owners — a snub that was reportedly corrected in a phone call from the candidate to his miffed hosts.

    But Iowa’s KPTM has the next development in the story, with a fun kicker included:

    That’s when Romney called [Dianne] Bauer himself. She says he explained that it was just a misunderstanding that she did not get to meet him, but the phone call didn’t smooth things over for her.

    “He responded, ‘Well, I’m sorry your tablecloths got ripped off, wadded up and thrown in the back room’ and I took it as mocking,” she said. “We’re the ones he’s wanting to get the votes from, you’d think we would have been treated better.”

    She says the whole experience left her wondering.

    “With how he treated me, is that how he’s going to treat others? You know, if he gets in office is he going to be that way to us little people?”

    But one thing is for sure, she won’t be letting any more politicians through her cafe doors.

    KPTM did reach out to the Romney campaign spokesman for Iowa but emails stopped coming after he was told what the story was about.


    • 27 anniebella
      June 13, 2012 at 2:55 pm

      When are these people going to realize the little people mean nothing to the rich arrogant snob like Mitt Romney. If this man thinks nothing of teachers, policemen, fighters, what make that owner of the cafe thinks Mitt Romney gives a dam about her. And never forget how Mitt Romney treated the workers at those companies Bain Capital bought.

      • 28 joanshaw
        June 13, 2012 at 3:54 pm

        As my husband’s father always said about Utah voters — The Republican’s have never done anything for Utah workers and yet they still blindly vote for them.

        My own take on this is that they follow the lead of the Mormon church who keep distracting them with abortion, no tolerance for homosexuals, and divorce. In addition, for the young men, they actually believe they’ll one day be “rich” and won’t, at that (improbable) situation, want to share their wealth with the little guys.

        On top of all that, I was told by missionaries that accumulated wealth showed that God’s favor toward those that have it.

        And then I read a few days back that lying is okay with the Mormon church as long as ti’s for a good cause — good being both the operative word and the point of view of the recipient.

        • 29 dee
          June 13, 2012 at 5:42 pm

          Okay, This is just untrue. I am mormon, have a son who served as a missionary along with my two other sons-in-law. They all served in poor countries, and sought to bring people unto Christ . Over those two years my son emailed us to help clothe people, contribute to pay for someone’s marriage costs, or clothing to help a nicaraguan( where he was) young man have enought to serve in neighboring Guatamala, or even his landlord there make ends meet. My son lived in poor situations taht if I had not seen when we got the opportunity to meet our brethern there, I would not have believed.We go about trying to give people a hand up, if that results in increased income, you should help those who need help. Our humanitarian fund has helped people all over this world. We pay our own way on missions and even have funds that we can volutarily contribute to to help the poor serve missions, and on the schooling front for tradeschools or college. The stipulation after graduation: give back to your community or area.They don’t go around telling people they are being favored because of wealth. We are taught to use wealth for good. Romney is running for office, he lies and switches positions like nobody’s business, this though, about our religion is just wrong. It was wrong when they do it to Jews, Muslims, and catholics in JFK’s time. It is not okay to lie. One of our articles of faith: “We believe in being true, chaste and benevolent….” Romney is screwing his own self up, but don’t cast aspirtions on the mormon church as a whole. That site is just the same old lies that I have read about for the last 31 years, only in adifferent format.

          • June 13, 2012 at 6:09 pm

            Thanks so much for this Dee, as I’ve said a gazillion times before, I really don’t want to read bigoted Mormon-bashing here, we really shouldn’t sink to the right’s level. Thank you for saying your piece.

            • 31 joanshaw
              June 13, 2012 at 7:14 pm

              Please, Chipsticks, read my answer to dee, below. It’s a blow to be called “bigoted” by you. Do you believe that?

              • June 13, 2012 at 7:24 pm

                Joan, I wasn’t calling you bigoted at all. I read the comments here through the admin section of the site, which shows them in a different way to how everyone else reads them, ie in the time order they were posted on the blog (not who was replying to who). So I never even saw your comment, only Dee’s defense of her religion, which I applauded (because people are often cruel towards her faith). So, please believe me, I had no idea who or what she was replying to, I was just applauding her for standing up for her particular faith. Joan, you are the last person on earth I would accuse of being bigoted, you are nothing of the sort. I deeply apologize for being clumsy about this, I should have checked who Dee was replying to. So, so sorry.

          • 33 joanshaw
            June 13, 2012 at 6:56 pm

            Pardon Dee — I think our opinions differ because of our positions — the inside listening to the nice things and the outside seeing the bad things. I’ve lived in Utah for 47 years as an Episcopalian, a church which absolutely does not demonize the Mormons. On the contrary, the Episcopal church heirarchy bends over backward to be accomadating to them.

            In addition I have heard all that you said from very good and generous Mormon neighbors, unasked, attempting to save our family from our erroneous (nonMormon) ways. I’ve heard all this over and over again from these good people and with whom I have NEVER argued about their religion or brought up the subject of religion. Nor have I called them on any of the points they’ve made.

            It’s been quite a dance avoiding hurting anyone’s feelings when we’ve been proselytized, especially when we first moved here. I have in fact even sung and led their young people in their services on special occasions and heard first hand the two-and-a-half minute talks during sacrament services, many if not most of which were very intolerant, very Right Wing. Perhaps that’s because this is a rural area and not because of my reading of the very unChristian practices of the church.

            I have had correspondence with the then Prophet Seer and Revelator about a truckful of Mormon young men ridiculing our parish choir marching during a Palm Sunday service with many curses. As it happened, that happened following a newspaper report of the quarterly conference in Salt Lake City in which the prophet told the attendees that they were special, better than others.

            He did apologize for the young men’s insults, especially since they encompassed generous use of the F-word, saying that hey tell their members things that shouldn’t be disseminated among the general population (though how they could keep praise like this under wraps is beyond me). He sounded like a very nice man.

            However, I stand by my opinion. At the same time I’m sorry, very sorry that you are offended.

            • 34 dee
              June 13, 2012 at 8:54 pm

              I accept your apology. I know for a fact no one is perfect. We are all human. I have had stupid, bigoted things done and said to me by other members. A few who would not come to our home for meetings. That is something they have to get right with God about.I have heard really dumb and bigoted talks over the pulpit by members, for years people pray for the Pres of the USA by name, but in four years I have heard three people say that at the present time about Pres Obama.. Most know I am a democrat, but because of hubby’s position, I keep my politics outside the church, since we strive to be neutral. When people make questionable remarks they usually are addressed by our local leaders, as soon as possible. In our church we are given a topic to speak on from the bishop. What comes out can be good or really off, if a person interjects themselves into, rather than the topic to be studied.The conferences are semi-annual. Sure they are told they are special, that they have a purpose in coming to earth, but NOT that we are better than others. If they really understand what their purpose is and that fact, then are they a better judge than the Savior? Those kids where stupid, perhaps not valiant in their faith, certainly not keeping the standards. I am in Utah regularly, since three of my kids and their families live there or Idaho. I see the lackadaisical way some people lead their life, and I have seen the valiant ones. That is true in all of our lives. I seek to follow the Savior and treat others respectfully, (I certainly am not perfect!). We share the beliefs we have with you, sorry it can be too up close and personal, you just happen to live in our center, so we can be too eager! I don’t want to argue with you or anyone else, I just want us to not be guilty of spreading inaccuracies.


  4. 35 vitaminlover
    June 13, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Our Beloved President has such a cheerful, calm and peaceful disposition. It is because he knows that everything is working out.

  5. 36 hopefruit2
    June 13, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Those ribs look juicy. Can I have some Mr. President?

  6. 38 4morefor44
    June 13, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    if people need any more proof that all these republicans-turned-liberal-commentators are actually plants to divide and conquer democrats, here’s some more today from markos of dailykos fame:

    they’re starting the “don’t vote” theme again already, even though the senate is going to be so close. how long before ed schultz starts telling his liberal listeners to not vote too. worked for them in 2010, so why not try again, right?

    • 39 57andfemale
      June 13, 2012 at 1:42 pm

      I thought they were getting it together there. I still check once a day or so and find some good info. But seething under the surface is the same b.s. that has done so much damage and it’s not worth my time and energy.

      • 40 57andfemale
        June 13, 2012 at 2:18 pm

        I just read the diary and the comments. Yup. I’m gone again from dKos. This is about as outrageous as it gets. The immediate jump to ‘total dismantlement of social security’ is the same b.s. that cost us the proper support for ACA and cost us 2010, which cost us the census for the next 10 years. And the comments are awful.

        Gone. I am totally gone. There is nothing more worthwhile there than can be worth my mental health. Gone.

    • June 13, 2012 at 2:41 pm

      Either we get a Dem who supports the President 75% of the time or we get a Republican who supports The President 0%. There’s no middle ground. The good news is the kos sphere of influence while never big from the start is shrinking by the day. The Democratic base has no idea who these people are.

      • 44 Liberal Librarian
        June 13, 2012 at 2:49 pm

        None of the volunteers I work with know what DailyKos is. I’ll take their lack of knowledge as indicative of Kos’ influence.

      • 45 jackiegrumbacher
        June 13, 2012 at 3:22 pm

        This is the absolute truth, derbingle. Nobody knows or cares what Markos and his posters think and I don’ believe they ever influence any election, even 2010. Democratic turnout is always lower in a midterm and in 2010 it was no less or more than usual. What was different was the high turnout of tea partiers. Markos could have been shouting at people to vote every day in the week and it would have made no difference because no one was or is listening. As for Ed Schultz, I never heard a single Democrat refer to him, except on DKos itself (back in the old days) and here. I’m sure Bob Kerrey isn’t going to lose a minute’s sleep over it.

        The larger point is that Markos has now solidified his reputation with as a time waster and energy drainer. Don’t give him or his minions a single click. There are always good sites on election nights. Find them.

        • June 13, 2012 at 3:31 pm

          Well said Jackie. I read that post and realized he was preaching to the choir although to be fair some did a good job of calling him out for this nonsense. But here we are again. An alleged progressive basically telling his audience that a Democrat trying to get himself elected in deep red Nebraska is just not progressive enough so it would be better if The Republican won. If that ‘s not working for the GOP I don’t know what is.

      • 47 donna dem 4 obama
        June 13, 2012 at 4:07 pm

        And they are so behind on current events. There frontpagers take more than a day to post things that we will have discussed and moved on. I can’t find anything worth giving them the clicks.

        Yeah, someone will post a diary that is positive from time to time but I can come here and get that same information. They are just not worth the time. Especially since you have to weed through the bad to get to that sliver of good over there.

        Markos is worthless IMO!

  7. 49 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    June 13, 2012 at 1:36 pm



    • 50 Geeja
      June 13, 2012 at 2:36 pm

      I amgoing to retweet this Bob.. Thom Hartman is telling the real truth.

      • 51 desertflower
        June 13, 2012 at 3:00 pm

        Thank you, Geeja. Needs to go all over the place!

      • 52 Obama Grandmama
        June 13, 2012 at 8:21 pm

        I was listening to Thom Hartmann on his radio show when he did this theme as well as the callers into the show. Thom can be so great when he is supporting PBO. His problem is he is sooooo into having everything exactly as he thinks it should be regardless of the practicality of getting it through Congress, but I have seen a major change in him recently since comparing him to Romney. He is now a great supporter.
        Fineman on Chris Matthews has gone the opposite way. He used to be somewhat supportive but since going to Huffpuff he seems like a GOP. I turned off CM and turned on Randi Rhodes on the radio rather than listen to Fineman. I like Randi and think she is a pretty good Obama supporter.

    • 53 jackiegrumbacher
      June 13, 2012 at 3:24 pm

      Bob, I have retweeted many times, put on FB and sent e-mails to friends and family. Last time I checked twitter, it was all over the place and people were repeating it everywhere in their own words. Are you getting any good feedback from the sites you’ve sent it to?

  8. June 13, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    I am still amazed by the love/admiration you see in the faces of folks who are in his space. Take a look at pic#4 :-).

    • 61 jacquelineoboomer
      June 13, 2012 at 2:10 pm

      Oh, yeah. President Obama and Mrs. Obama are incredible role models for all of us. No wonder we admire them so much.

      • 62 HZ
        June 13, 2012 at 9:12 pm

        Jacquelineoboomer, that is what I feel when I come here to this site. The setting here is so much of how we enjoy being supportive of a very good and decent spirit that is found in President Barack Obama. Being in his space, whether we are reading his books, listening to his speeches, watching him as he daily works for this nation, and seeing him interact with his daughters and with our beautiful First Lady can almost take our breaths away.

        The space. The space. Who would not want to be in a space that creates a spirit of serious thinking, compassionate thoughts and deeds done to others daily, great laughter, and the most contagious smile in the world? I think we all here would say, give us the first seats up front and center in the room.

        I want to thank all of my TOD Family who are so committed to loving our POTUS because he inspires us to be creators of such space as well. I love being in this space ,because I feel that each one here carries a spirit that is so close to our great gift, President Barack Obama.

        So let us move FORWARD to make sure we do get him re-elected on Nov.6, 2012 so that we will have this beautiful spirit that PBO carries with him daily/ HZ

  9. 64 utaustinliberal
    June 13, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    • 65 hopefruit2
      June 13, 2012 at 4:31 pm

      Gov Christie is having one custom-made for him to wear at the RNC Convention in September.

  10. 71 desertflower
    June 13, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    224 homes were destroyed in New Mexico’s wildfires. Willard says we don’t need no stinkin’ firefighters!

  11. 72 57andfemale
    June 13, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Hey Chips — it occurred to me that there are so many Americans who have no idea what these pictures look like, what the crowds look like at PBO events.

    I have a suggestion: every picture that you post in this regard should be sent to the major network anchors, every day. Dare them to show the PBO that we know and that the country should know. Dare Diane Sawyer to cover the President’s actual daily events, not what’s dictated by some Republican shill at the National Journal.

    I’ll try to do it, but working three jobs limits whether I’d be consistent.

    • June 13, 2012 at 6:19 pm

      Great idea. I always think if the American people saw even 1/4 of what we see and know, there would be no contest. But the news media never show the kind of photos we see here, never show him with his loving crowds, never report on all his daily actvities or his speeches, other than a 2 second clip. The media continues to fail our democracy and the people remain uninformed.

      • 74 57andfemale
        June 14, 2012 at 11:40 am

        I had the Week from Hell last week and TOD was having weird meltdowns and I stayed away from my regular news outlets. I watched network and local news only to see what the vast majority of Americans actually see.

        So it occurred to me that we need to shame network and local news into covering this President the way they’ve covered every other President. I work three jobs and will do my best. But I think if it’s on our radar to re-post Chips’ excellent photos with the regular news outlets, once in awhile they’re going to cover it. Hopefully.

  12. 75 Ladyhawke
    June 13, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    The Forest and the Trees: How Extreme Ideologues Destroy the Left’s Unity


    The left needs to coalesce around one goal; defeating Republicans in November at all costs. There is already talk of various groups of ideologues on the left sitting out the election to teach Democrats a lesson that they failed to do obeisance to the whims and fantasy agenda of every progressive sycophant, as if a Republican controlled House, Senate, and White House is an attractive alternative. This election, especially for the presidency, will dictate the makeup of the Supreme Court for a generation, and if decisions on cases such as Citizens United are not frightening enough, imagine a 6-3 conservative court mandating prayer in schools, bans on contraception and homosexuality, and allegiance to Christianity as a requirement to cast a vote. And yet, there are the EmoProgs and unicorn set, assailing President Obama’s supporters as “Obamabots” and criticizing them for supporting the only hope to preserve America’s fragile democratic process and maintain government by the people and not corporate fascism and religious extremism.



  13. 76 Liberal Librarian
    June 13, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Can I just say that I love my job?

    Today I had two classes of first graders visit my library. First of all: WOW, they’re much bigger than 1st graders in my day. Not fat, just tall.

    So I did my schtick, they all loved it, and afterwards one of the girls pulls me down to her. She says “I think being a librarian would be a lot of fun.” *swoon* I’ve recruited another impressionable youth to the cult.

    • 77 57andfemale
      June 13, 2012 at 2:42 pm

      And it made you forget your plumbing issue waiting for you at home! Now that’s a good job!

      • 78 Liberal Librarian
        June 13, 2012 at 2:46 pm

        Oh, I’m home now waiting for the plumber. But the Germany-Netherlands game is on the TV box, so all is good.

    • June 13, 2012 at 2:51 pm

      You are so right LL! My youngest is heading to 1st grade this Fall, and she is 49 inches tall :-). It must be the water 🙂

    • 80 desertflower
      June 13, 2012 at 3:01 pm

      Kids truly ARE perfect:)

    • 81 isonprize
      June 13, 2012 at 6:17 pm


      My sweet mama (a 20plus year veteran of public school teaching) used to tell me that if there was something that I needed to know, and couldn’t find the answer myself, to go ask a librarian. The librarian would either know the answer or know where to find it. I have always had the highest regard for you and your fellow librarians. Always helpful and usually very polite (unless there’s a racket that needs quieting, then, watch out!! 😎 )

  14. 82 utaustinliberal
    June 13, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Twitter is hilarious. There is a trending topic right now called “ConservatismIn4Words” and liberals are having fun with it. 😀

  15. 83 Ladyhawke
    June 13, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Sally Kohn ‏@sallykohn


    .@TheDailyShow’s John Oliver on #voterfraud: “It hasn’t happened, it won’t happen, and that’s why it must be stopped!”


  16. 85 desertflower
    June 13, 2012 at 3:06 pm


    Across the country, many states like Pennsylvania that happily accepted stimulus money to pay for existing employees are laying off those workers now that Congress has turned off the spigot. Over the last three years, at least 700,000 state and local government employees have lost their jobs, including teachers, sanitation workers and public safety personnel, contributing a full percentage point to the unemployment rate.

    That seems to be just fine with Mitt Romney, who, like many Republicans, does not consider a job to be economically significant unless it is in the private sector. Last week, he attacked President Obama for proposing to help states hire more teachers and other workers, saying the president doesn’t understand that Americans don’t want to hire “more firemen, more policemen, more teachers.” Only right-wing ideologues make that distinction; most Americans know driving a bus or picking up trash is just as important economically as working in a big-box store.

    Mr. Romney tried to retreat from those comments on Monday, saying that local-government hiring was not a federal issue, but obviously it is.

    • 86 nathkatun7
      June 13, 2012 at 7:38 pm

      “Mitt Romney …like many Republicans, does not consider a job to be economically significant unless it is in the private sector. Last week, he attacked President Obama for proposing to help states hire more teachers and other workers, saying the president doesn’t understand that Americans don’t want to hire “more firemen, more policemen, more teachers.” Only right-wing ideologues make that distinction; most Americans know driving a bus or picking up trash is just as important economically as working in a big-box store.

      This really needs to be said over and over again! I am sick and tired of all this business, business, nonsense. Where is it written in the U.S. Constitution that the American government should be run as a business? Why does Romney (and other Republicans) think that jobs in the public sector are not real jobs like those in the private sector? If this is what Republicans believe then why are they seeking public office? The last time I checked the salaries and benefits (including the pay for their staff) of Presidents, members of Congress, Governors, members of state legislatures, mayors, council men, etc., etc. were paid by tax payers. In my book, the fact that Mitt Romney does not know the difference between government and private business makes him unqualified to be President.

      By the way, Romney economics makes his claim of being well versed in economics suspect. Public workers are a vital component of the economy. Public workers buy food, homes, cars, clothes, etc., from private business. As the article said, if it weren’t for the extremely large numbers of public workers who lost their jobs the unemployment rate would be much lower. Yet, businessman Mitt Romney thinks that laying off more teachers, cops, firefighters and other government workers will create jobs and lower unemployment. Does it make any sense, for example, that if you lay off teachers who are home owners, who probably will end up loosing their homes if they can’t pay their mortgages, that will automatically result in home builders to hire workers to build new homes? I am not an economist, but I just don’t think what Romney is advocating makes any economic sense at all.

  17. June 13, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Well hello TODdies!!! I didn’t go to the top of the page before clicking on this site. So, many of my comments are over on the last to threads LOL! Now that I’ve found my way back to the present, let me just say that it’s another glorious getting up day for O folks. I was so impressed with Rev Al on his show yesterday, when he got the Grinch to admit that repubs were planning to delegitimize PBO within hours of him giving his inaugural speech.

    My political take today is: Jobs and the economy is coming back. Five people were added permanently at my neighbors manufacturing job. Today I had a roofer give me an estimate for a new roof. He said that he’d get to me next week because of all the orders he has to fill. He said that last year this time, he was begging for work. I said, ‘yeah it’s a good thing our president has been able to turn things around’. I’m not sure of his political party preference, but when he didn’t give me a full on high five, I’m assuming he may be a pub. This is gonna be good. I’m gonna have a week to change him into a PBO lovin’ fool like me. Fired Up! Ready to Go!

  18. 88 Ladyhawke
    June 13, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Romney Talking Points Debunked By CBO Chief

    “We don’t think that the health care law is having a significant impact on the economy today,” Elmendorf told reporters at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast roundtable Wednesday.


    • June 13, 2012 at 3:17 pm

      It’s because if the daily propaganda- this should not happen, as the President is just to much of a target in the wh.
      How is it that Robney is now ahead in Wisconsin?
      It’s the Media…
      We are getting pummeled in the Press.

  19. June 13, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Me thinks the President will have to start campaigning soon.
    Maybe within a month, he should be on the Trail fulltime.
    If you recall, ad he was in 08, he was driving the message and controlling it, because he was out there everyday.
    He is such a huge target, when he is just sitting there in the wh, that he might start from behind.
    The MSM only has one target, the President and it’s taking it’s toll!
    Also, that 50 million if ads that OFA has up is to keep Him even until the Campaign starts.

    • 95 japa21
      June 13, 2012 at 3:34 pm

      Jovie, he is not going to be on the trail full time. He has a job to do and his integrity will not allow him to shirk his duties. I am not going to let any poll impact me right now, whether it is positive or negative. They just don’t have any meaning for the fall election. And I don’t believe he is behind in Wisconsin or NC for that matter. Of course he is being pummeled in the press, and if he campaigned more right now, he would be pummeled even worse.
      Besides, the press is starting to get ticked off at Romney and challenging him more. Let us all take a deep breath.

      • June 13, 2012 at 3:39 pm

        True! I just remember in 08, we controlled the message because he was doing 4 events per day and the message was getting out there!
        It makes sense that his message is not resonating, because he is not communicating yet!

    • 102 rit
      June 13, 2012 at 4:30 pm

      I think he should fundraise and campaign too.

  20. 104 utaustinliberal
    June 13, 2012 at 3:14 pm

  21. 109 Ladyhawke
    June 13, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    GOP Senator Cornyn demands AG Holder resign, Holder gives epic smack-down response

    By Eclectablog



    Yesterday, during his ninth appearance before Congress regarding the “Fast and Furious” debacle (read more about that HERE), Senator John Cornyn, Chair Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee asked Attorney General Eric Holder to resign, saying he hoped President Obama would replace him.

    AG Holder’s response was epic and a total smack-down of Cornyn. The transcript below is courtesy of Meteor Blades at Daily Kos from his post Sen. Cornyn accuses Eric Holder of perjury, asks him to resign. Gets told to pound sand:



  22. 111 utaustinliberal
    June 13, 2012 at 3:19 pm

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  24. 113 utaustinliberal
    June 13, 2012 at 3:24 pm

  25. 115 japa21
    June 13, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Excellent read concernuing the financial meltdown and debunking a lot of misconceptions. It also makes the lpoin thatregulations can only go so far and other actions should be taken:http://finance.fortune.cnn.com/2012/06/13/financial-crisis-myths/?iid=Lead

  26. 117 Me4obama
    June 13, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Dear TOD Family please turn off MSNBC & CNN for a whole Month, I promise you are going to feel rejuvenated. Clear your mind from all the toxins/Garbage the media feeds you day in & out. Try it because I see most of your timelines are in complete meltdown disgusted by Tamron Hall.

    • June 13, 2012 at 3:35 pm

      I don’t watch Her, another Melissa Harris Perry.
      But, from what I am reading on blogs and different News Websites, it’s all Propaganda against this President and the Public might be getting Patty Hearst syndrome.
      He needs to start to campaign, soon, to control message.

      • 119 Dudette
        June 13, 2012 at 6:17 pm

        He’s been campaigning for weeks Jovie. He has formidable opponents with deep pockets and entrenched tentacles. The media relishes playing up the drama for ratings rather than informing the people. Don’t let them discourage you. We just need to keep fighting and working hard to do whatever we can to help.

        Make no mistake, it’s gonna be a tough road, but we can do this. Yes, we can win — again!

    • 120 hopefruit2
      June 13, 2012 at 4:04 pm

      I strongly believe that Ms. Hall got a serious reprimand from Bossman at MSNBainCapital when she stood up to that Romney surrogate about a month ago. She wants to keep her job, obviously.

    • 121 ChristiMTL
      June 13, 2012 at 4:08 pm

      This is a good read of how the media works.

      Spin, Spun, Spurned!

      ”(Edit: I wrote this early Saturday morning with no intention of publishing. However the media was still at the six word spin furnished by the GOP Monday night and feel the need to post it.)

      The six words of course ”The private sector is doing fine”


      • 122 nathkatun7
        June 13, 2012 at 8:21 pm

        Thanks for sharing this excellent article, ChristiMTL. It’s no longer a secret: the MSM are propaganda arm of the Republican party. If you click on this link take time to read the comments; they are as good as the article itself.

    • 123 donna dem 4 obama
      June 13, 2012 at 4:46 pm

      You know I talk to people all the time. Rarely do they talk to me about something that was said on cable tv. That’s just an absolute fact. That stuff is for people who need to keep their ear to the ground about all things political. I’m sure it serves a purpose and as hard as they try to drive the narrative, they most of the time are not successful. Just like I kept reading that they were preaching that PBO had the most horrendous week ever last week. No polling supports that. The campaign didn’t go all hair on fire in a panic. When I ask people what went on with the President last week their eyes glaze over and they just stare at me. It may feel like what they say is having an impact on people but very few of the average voter has time to stop and watch the Today Show or Morning Joke or Chuck Toad or any of these other shows that come on during the day.

      My advice is if people want to watch this stuff so be it but for those that do it would be helpful if its kept it in perspective. Those shows really, really aren’t all that important.

      • 124 Claire
        June 13, 2012 at 6:52 pm

        I agree. I stopped watching cable ‘news’ about 2 months after President Obama took office. Much happier and much more at peace. The only tv news I watch is BBC World News.

      • 125 sabreen60
        June 13, 2012 at 7:26 pm

        Thank you donna. Also, I wonder what part of the “MSM is corporate owned” do people not understand. Sure they may let a little truth get told on these shows, but you can bet your last dollar the lies and spin will far outweigh the truth. My husband, who rarely watches any of the political shows, said to me last week as he saw that I was watching an old Bette Davis, “oh have they all pissed you off, now”? I said yes. He said, ’bout time.”

      • 126 nathkatun7
        June 13, 2012 at 8:33 pm

        Well said, Donna. I haven’t watched cable news since 2009 and I feel fine. I stopped because of the non-stop bashing of a newly elected President. It just didn’t make sense to be all angry and worked up at my T.V. I still find ways of keeping informed. And being an oldie I still prefer newspapers over electronic media. My car radio is permanently tuned to a jazz channel which now and the reports breaking news without the silly commentaries from pundits.

    • 127 Doreen
      June 13, 2012 at 7:16 pm

      I no longer watch cable news. I was having a hard time keeping my blood pressure down even with my medication.

  27. June 13, 2012 at 3:28 pm

  28. 129 desertflower
    June 13, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Big Light Bulb Moment here! He should be congratulated for being honest with himself and his party. Good for him!


  29. June 13, 2012 at 3:41 pm

  30. June 13, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    The Senate opened for Business today, with McConell and McCrazy going off in the President.
    Barbara Boxer stood up and defended our President and His record. She went off.
    Please tweet her Thanks!

  31. 138 yardarm756
    June 13, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    The following link is an OMG and FYI. It’s hard to believe the Rasshole would go this far. http://kaystreet.wordpress.com/

  32. 139 criquet
    June 13, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    • 140 donna dem 4 obama
      June 13, 2012 at 4:27 pm

      NC was won by only about 4000 votes in 2008. That will be a tough one this time around. Registered Dems are down from 2008. NC has become a transient state. A lot of those 08 voters were students and young people that have moved out of the area. Its gonna take a really BIG voter registration push to replace those voters that have moved away. When we lock up Va later this year I am sure they will start sending Marylanders to NC on weekends to canvass.

      I think we have a real good shot at Florida again and although it is going to continue to take a lot of work, I’m feel pretty confident about Virginia and Ohio.

      Romney needs all of these to win the election and I just can’t see how this is possible.

      • 141 Bill R.
        June 13, 2012 at 5:25 pm

        That NC poll actually left me fairly optimistic. PPP uncharacteristically had some flawed numbers. They had AA voters going 20% for Romney. Hahahaha.. that was a big chuckle. So make the necessary adjustment and PBO looks much better.

        • June 13, 2012 at 5:59 pm

          I guess the thinking there is some pastors who were not happy with PBO’s statement on same sex marriage are discouraging their congregations from voting for Obama. Which is asking them to vote against their self-interests or stay home which is the same thing.

      • June 13, 2012 at 5:56 pm

        Why wouldn’t the students who have graduated and moved on etc. be replaced with other students and young people who would likely vote for Obama? N.C. is a popular state for all kinds of reasons—-great colleges, industry, beautiful environment etc.

        • 144 donna dem 4 obama
          June 13, 2012 at 7:02 pm

          Voter registration in 2008 because of the historical aspects of that campaign and the contested primary were unprecedented. It will take the same level of excitement and engagement by our youth to get those numbers back up there. I have faith in OFA that they will do a great job but it will be an absolute challenge.

  33. June 13, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Did anyone in the media cover Romney’s horrendous explanation about why he didn’t go to Viet Nam?


    • 146 FiredUpInCA
      June 13, 2012 at 4:23 pm

      That site sounds very convincing and I was believing it. Then something seemed off about the last paragraph. Then I saw this: Free Wood Post is a news and political satire web publication, which may or may not use real names, often in semi-real or mostly fictitious ways. All news articles contained within FreeWoodPost.com are fiction, and presumably fake news.

  34. 148 FiredUpInCA
    June 13, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Great news and bad news:

    “Struggling CNN cancels ‘John King USA’ over declining prime-time ratings
    Network names King ‘lead campaign correspondent’ for presidential election”

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/television/struggling-cnn-cancels-john-king-usa-declining-prime-time-ratings-article-1.1095045#ixzz1xhnt0uD6

    John King should be nowhere near coverage of this President because when you look up the word “sucks” you will find his entire strand of dna. The great news is, the show with his name on it is gone, gone, gone.

    If it is not clear, I do not like John King’s “work.” I do not like with a fox. I do not like it in a box. Not in house. Not with a mouse. I do not like John King’s false equivalencies, his GOP stenography and shilling, and his Obama is doomed at all. And I am a person whose mostly only seen his clips online.

    • 149 donna dem 4 obama
      June 13, 2012 at 4:34 pm

      I don’t think I have ever watched his show. I don’t even know what time it came on. Oh well, I’m glad he’s gone but they will just replace him with worse.

      • 150 anniebella
        June 13, 2012 at 4:41 pm

        Well I sure won’t cry for John King. I won’t miss him one bit. Just like the Rat-len fellow who is leaving that other crap of a network.

    • 151 daisydem
      June 13, 2012 at 4:36 pm

      You are so right … this is good news (glad his show is cancelled – one of his firsts (which actually I had looked forward to as I thought he was fair during the 2008 campaign; I either was not reading him right, or he became a Right Wing shill (sp?) after the inauguration) was the interview with Cheney – it was a Sunday morning; Cheney sat there and lied flat out about our President – don’t remember the context and I just about blew a gasket; King sat there and nodded in the affirmative like one of those little dolls people hang in their car’s rear windows.) I could not reach for the off switch fast enough. I could not believe what I had just witnessed. To this day, I have not turned CNN on on my tv sets (I have watched selective clips posted on the blogs). I never watched FOX and still don’t. I don’t really know what channel MSNBC is on my cable so I only hear the synoposes here and on other blogs (though I am now down to only 2 blogs – I have rediscovered sitting on my deck with a novel and a glass of wine) and or watched selective clips again. I use my television for the travel channel, selective sitcoms, and sometimes weather (or I get it online). My stress level over the last two weeks has already decreased! I am thinking of using only WhiteHouse.gov to get pertinent information I need and the BBC for news.

      • 152 daisydem
        June 13, 2012 at 4:37 pm

        Oops I forgot … the BAD news: that King will be anywhere, anyway, anyhow involved in the campaign for President.

    • 153 daisydem
      June 13, 2012 at 5:14 pm

      That is the best part of the news: the descriptor “struggling CNN.” Ha, let them struggle. And die. And FOX. Maybe then our networks, ABC, CBS, NBC will truly become newsworthy news bearers.

    • 154 Tally
      June 13, 2012 at 5:49 pm

      And he’ll be hired by Fox in 3… 2… 1… just like Beck.

    • 155 Dudette
      June 13, 2012 at 6:38 pm

      C’mon FiredUp, don’t hold back. Tell us how you REALLY feel about him. 😀

    • 156 Cha
      June 13, 2012 at 11:04 pm

      Yeah, John King witl spin his shite through that. Was it not candy crowley last time? I could be remembering that wrong.

      I predict they replace king’s show with a tea bag.

  35. 157 criquet
    June 13, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Info for canvassers and phone banking folks:

  36. 158 criquet
    June 13, 2012 at 4:26 pm

  37. 159 Liberal Librarian
    June 13, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    I found it quite humorous when GOPers follow me on Twitter. Like, what, they think I won’t block them? I don’t have time to argue with idiots.

  38. June 13, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    The intense look on PBO’s face as he speaks with Merkel:


  39. 162 xtine
    June 13, 2012 at 4:59 pm


    “But I did take notice when CNN indicated it would replace King’s time spot by expanding “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer” from two to three hours. You don’t have to watch a lot of TV news to know that three hours of Wolf is pretty close to three hours too much.

    There is, to put it mildly, a gigantic surplus of journalistic talent out there these days. Not all of that talent is packaged in people pretty or glib enough to merit a TV gig, but I suspect there are enough folks available to provide an alternative to Wolf Without End. Makes you wonder what CNN’s target audience really is.”


  40. 163 criquet
    June 13, 2012 at 4:59 pm

  41. 171 desertflower
    June 13, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    remember when Willard said that we should let the foreclosures drop to the bottom? I always said that they cut that sound bite off too soon, because what he said right AFTER that, was “so that the investors can buy them up and rent them out”. Here you go!


  42. 172 desertflower
    June 13, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Condescending little focker. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-06-13/romney-tells-business-leaders-obama-s-eloquent-words-are-cheap-.html

    “My own view is that he will speak eloquently, but that words are cheap, and that the record of an individual is the basis upon which you determine whether they should continue to hold on to their job,” Romney told about 100 executives at the Business Roundtable quarterly meeting in Washington. “We have 23 million Americans that are out of work, or stopped looking for work or underemployed. That is a compelling and sad statistic. These are real people.”

    Is that why the people of MA FIRED YOUR ASS????

  43. 175 hopefruit2
    June 13, 2012 at 5:16 pm

  44. 179 desertflower
    June 13, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/2012/06/13/quote-o-the-day-freudian-slip-by-chris-matthews-edition/ HAHA

    Chris Matthews to Elizabeth Warren on why President Obama isn’t getting many corporate donations: “Why are corporations bank robbing, er, bankrolling Romney? Now THERE’S a Freudian slip!”

  45. 181 Bill R.
    June 13, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    For state poll watchers……….PPP has PBO winning NV +6. Women and Latinos of course carry the day.

  46. 182 Bill R.
    June 13, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Nice peace by Deaniac at The People’s View on BainMitt’s non-gaffe. http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2012/06/favor-mitt-romney-did-to-liberals.html

  47. June 13, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    For those who think the media does not matter. Let’s reverse it?
    What do you suppose would happen if the Media focused on Robney the way they do to the President?
    Do you think Robney would be down 1 point, 3 points, 5 points, or 10 points?
    Me thinks, at least 10 points!

    • June 13, 2012 at 5:42 pm

      Agree——and I think we’re going to need parts of the media to begin to tell the truth about Willard. The airwaves are going to be dominated with anti-Obama junk, and we need the news media to care enough to at least question the honesty of what is being broadcast. We all can tweet away and do everything we can to support Obama’s campaign, but most people still get their news from the teevee. And I don’t doubt that if they had given Willard a 10th of the focus they give Obama, Willard would not even be close. And Fineman, who looks like he’s been spending too much time in the tanning bed, sounds pretty happy right now about Rove’s big planned, coordinated, overwhelming attacks on Obama.

    • 186 nathkatun7
      June 13, 2012 at 9:04 pm

      Of course the media matters! We know that many of them have become Romney’s propaganda machine. But does that mean we should spend lots of time freaking out every time they spin and double spin news to reflect negatively on President Obama? My view is that we should focus most of our time, money, and especially energy, in developing alternative ways to neutralize the mainstream media. At the same time we have an obligation to keep putting pressure on the media by exposing their unethical behavior.

  48. 192 cat48
    June 13, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Hi guys, I agree Obama’s getting horrible press right now, but I’m not sure anything can change the constant Media Cycle. It’s predictable in a way.

    1. The downward spiral began w/Cory Booker on MTP. He hated the Bain Ads just like MSM hates Bain Ads; so they had an excuse to bash the President & Ads.. Cory gave them permission to not like them, as well as jerk Rendell & Clinton.

    2. Private sector comment & msm goes w/Robme, agreeing he may never recover from this stmt just like mccain. More negativity.

    3. Now Carville calls out the President’s message & says he will lose with it. Not just Carville but about 10 Dem strategists all agree, BUT the 10 are
    afrAID TO GIVE NAME, Obama message #fail.

    4. The speech tomorrow will Fail; regardless, b/c he’s in a downward spiral.

    After the msm has determined he has hit total bottom; they’ll consider something minor he does ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT & has put him back in the running again. They’ll start writing about THE COMEBACK KID. it’s all entertainment to them. They always follow this script. They build you up to smash you and then resurrect you. It’s happened several times during his presidency.

    • 193 Bill R.
      June 13, 2012 at 6:07 pm

      Well said. However, I believe that because media outlets are owned by big corporations, there are orders to promote the Mittster, especially when PBO’ s message is about holding the 1% accountable on taxes and business regulation. So the more populist the PBO message, the more the monied interests hit back, including those in the Dem. Party, like Cory Booker, Bill Clinton and Rendell. If they are hitting back, then they are afraid, and the message is effective.

      • 194 cat48
        June 13, 2012 at 6:12 pm

        I agree w/you, but the msm generally can’t resist THE COMEBACK. This time could be different though.

        • 195 Tally
          June 13, 2012 at 6:39 pm

          We’re in the middle of a national psyop – that WI was the dress rehearsal for, including the collusion of the media and national polling companies.

          It’s not in the GOPMEDIA’s best financial interest to help the POTUS.

          PBO & Co are more than aware. We’re going to have a treat every month from now until the election. They won’t all be Bin Laden-sized, but they’ll be extraordinary.

          If you really want a peek at what’s happening, check out http://www.justice.gov/. Lots of stuff the MSM is terrified to print or talk about, such as:
          Co-Owner of Houston-Area Home Health Care Agency Sentenced to 108 Months in Prison for Role in $5.2 Million Medicare Fraud

  49. June 13, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    According to conservatives, the media is in PBO’s pocket and are doing everything they can to assure him the victory in November. Yet, here we think that the media is coddling Mitt and making him the shoe-in. Well, here’s my take. I don’t watch or listen to anything that bothers me. Then again, not much bothers me to the point of angst. When it gets too much I take a break from it (saves house shoes and TV screens). The best way to impact the media is through their ratings. Don’t watch the shows that bother you. The next best thing is to write/tweet/email them as soon as you hear something that needs their attention. Instead of getting all bent, take action. That’s exactly the time to make a GOTV call. I tell my kids, ‘You will never control what other people say that may bother you. You can only control YOUR reaction to it. If you have a problem with the same person doing this more than once, then you need to reassess who you CHOOSE to associate with.” Same goes with the media. If it’s like being unable to turn away from an accident for you then don’t get all bent or dismayed or shocked, or awed, or surprised when you see the casualties that accidents cause. That’s the perfect time to make a GOTV call instead.

    • 197 nathkatun7
      June 13, 2012 at 9:15 pm

      “According to conservatives, the media is in PBO’s pocket and are doing everything they can to assure him the victory in November.”

      This is classical Karl Rove tactic! It’s pure propaganda that accomplishes two things: it intimidates the media forcing them to continue carrying favors with the GOP by attacking the President; and it ensures that the public will not take seriously any critical examination of Romney and his right wing agenda.

  50. 198 desertflower
    June 13, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Pay no attention to all your rights being taken from you! There is NO WAR ON WOMEN Republicans say!

    thinkprogress A few minutes ago, Michigan passed the worst anti-abortion bill in the nation. thkpr.gs/LladPr
    9 minutes ago · reply · retweet · favorite

    • June 13, 2012 at 6:08 pm

      Maybe it takes all of their shenanigans to get folks off of their duffs and vote. The lesson of 2010 to everyone of voting age, who didn’t vote is ‘how you like it now?’

    • 200 Tally
      June 13, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    • 201 TrumpDog
      June 13, 2012 at 7:06 pm

      In 2010, President Obama warned us NOT to give the keys to these idiots. And what did folks do?
      Now the emoprogs are STILL whining that Obama did not go to WI. 🙄
      Give me a fucking break.

      • June 13, 2012 at 7:32 pm

        PBO was not highly regarded nationally at the time of 2010 elections. The Tea Partiers had the media megaphones since the summer of 2009.

        Also, WE know what PBO said, but most voters DO NOT! What PBO said was dominated by the corporate funding paying for Republican ads through the summer and fall of 2010. Maybe what PBO said was covered in a local two-minute news blurb on the day PBO campaigned in a particular location. But his words weren’t covered as the Tea Party message was.

        The same thing happened in Wisconsin recently.

        We have to be very carefully about ASSUMING what we think people know. And work our butts off to make the difference.

  51. 204 Tally
    June 13, 2012 at 6:41 pm

  52. June 13, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    Ron Wydens big Bill he introduced Today?

    Legalizing HEMP, that is right Hemp!

    Boy, I tell ya…

    • 207 Tally
      June 13, 2012 at 6:45 pm

      Legalizing Hemp would save the US economy. I’m not kidding. It can grow ANYWHERE, in almost any conditions. It can be used as FUEL, clothing, and is the cheapest PAPER on EARTH (which is why the US LUMBER LOBBY killed it 100 years ago – along with pot.)

      You can’t grow hemp & pot anywhere near each other because they cross-pollenate and ruin both crops.

      It’s the FASTEST renewable FUEL on the planet.

      • 208 Cha
        June 13, 2012 at 11:10 pm

        Exactly, Tally! There are so many Hemp Products in the Natural Food’s Co-op downstairs and others all over the US and the Hemp is from Cananda! I have Organic Hemp Protein Powder in my friidge now from Manitoba.

        Course the gops would shut it down because they’re Stupid and it would help our ECONOMY.

    • 210 Obama Grandmama
      June 13, 2012 at 9:06 pm

      Actually, Jovie, Tally is right about hemp. I heard my Senator Ron Wyden interviewed on my local progressive radio show this morning and it made a lot of sense.

  53. 211 Ceb
    June 13, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Karma is indeed a bitch that will get her pound of flesh. Jamie Dimon has been humbled and forced to admit that all of those new regulations to reign in the banks that he scoffed at are needed. Too bad that it took loosing billions of other people’s money before he realized this. A perp walk on national T V as he went to be questioned by congress; how the mighty has fallen.

    Other good news: gas prices are falling every day (It is currently 3.29 in my area). Funny how it was all the president’s fault when prices were high, but no mention of credit for him when they are falling.

  54. June 13, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Wonder if Willard was one of accting firm BDO’s clients——fined $50 million for setting up phony tax shelters, off shore accounts, so wealthy U.S. citizens could avoid paying taxes


  55. 213 cat48
    June 13, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    This is pretty good from Frank Rich http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2012/06/frank-rich-democrats-premature-panic.html

    Is it time for Democrats to panic?” was the lead of a front-page Washington Post story Wednesday morning. Is it?
    Not in June. The proximate source of this alarm is a memo written by James Carville and the pollster Stanley Greenberg, and seconded by another old Clinton hand, Douglas Schoen, a persistent Obama basher who months ago called for the president to abdicate after one term and let Hillary run in his place. The point of their angst is that Obama needs a new economic message, more like Clinton’s. Perhaps. More effective might be a stronger anti-Romney message. The Republican candidate avoids the press (Fox News aside), large

    • 214 criquet
      June 13, 2012 at 7:25 pm

      Even if Democratic groups or prominent individuals felt like this, should they not communicate with PBO’s campaign and not go public to cause panic and depress Democratic voters and campaigners?

      This behavior smacks of something else like not wanting a certain person to win to benefit another? I may be wrong but this attitude makes no sense without there being some other motive besides concern for PBO.

  56. 216 criquet
    June 13, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Media narrative debunked again:

  57. June 13, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Rubio: Florida voter purge not about Hispanics
    By MAGGIE HABERMAN | 6/13/12 6:01 PM
    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio today defended the effort by Florida officials to purge the voting rolls, an effort that’s sparked a Department of Justice lawsuit and complaints that Hispanic voters are getting targeted.

    LOL! Rubio just screwed up!

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