14
Jun
12

Rise and Shine

11:40: President Obama departs the White House

1:00: VP Biden delivers the commencement address to Tallwood High School graduates in Virginia Beach

1:05: PBO arrives in Ohio

1:45: Delivers remarks at a campaign event (Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland – live coverage)

3:25: Departs Ohio en route New York City

4:35: Arrives New York City

5:15: PBO and Michelle Obama visit the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s World Trade Center site

6:45: PBO delivers remarks at a campaign event (private residence)

9:55: PBO and Michelle Obama deliver remarks at a campaign event (The Plaza Hotel – live coverage)

11:35: PBO and Michelle Obama depart New York City en route Joint Base Andrews

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Morning everyone 😉


272 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. 1 japa21
    June 14, 2012 at 8:02 am

    Morning all

  2. 8 globalcitizenlinda
    June 14, 2012 at 8:06 am

    Congrats Japa!

    Morning all TOD

  3. 9 Suzette
    June 14, 2012 at 8:07 am

    Good morning all

  4. 10 miss pat
    June 14, 2012 at 8:07 am

    Good morning. I am number 2? Can I have a Mankini picture, please Chips. Blow it up and put it on my bedroom wall!

  5. 17 hopefruit2
    June 14, 2012 at 8:09 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, etc. Congratulations Japa on #1!!

  6. 18 LOL
    June 14, 2012 at 8:09 am

    Bitter Bitter

    Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) told The Hill that President Barack Obama or his cohorts never made a genuine effort to reach out to him in the wake of the 2008 presidential election.

    “Let’s get real here,” McCain said. “There was never any outreach from President Obama or anyone in his administration to me.”

    The frosty relationship between the two that typified the 2008 campaign never really thawed after Obama took office, with McCain emerging as one of the most vocal critics of the administration in the U.S. Senate.

    Why does the media entertain this twice defeated guy?

    • June 14, 2012 at 8:10 am

      “There was never any outreach from President Obama or anyone in his administration to me.”

      Why on earth should there have been any outreach to that worthless toad???

      • June 14, 2012 at 8:32 am

        Good morning Chips and friends. Didn’t PBO invite this old geezer to Chicago or somewhere right after the2008 election? I am sure I have that photo in my scrapbook. Obviously he is senile and doesn’t remember.

        • 21 theo67
          June 14, 2012 at 1:05 pm

          President Obama also hosted a dinner in McCain’s honor – as the loser of th 2008 campaign. Maybe McCain should have thought about reaching out to the President (who was otherwise occupied with fixing the world that the GOP had broken) and/or getting his obstructionist cronies in line. McCain’s a fool.

      • 22 jackiegrumbacher
        June 14, 2012 at 9:33 am

        Because, Chips, for John McCain, it’s all about him. Like his Republican buds, McCain thrives on being a victim who is entitled to whine endlessly. Because his feelings matter more than anything on earth, he’s free to obstruct and throw monkey wrenches into anything that might help the US economy, the American people and that one in the WH. It’s all so clear when the world revolves around John McCain. Of course, someone might ask him how many times he would have reached out to Sen Obama, had he, McCain, made it to the WH. And and I recall a photo of PBO and McCain sitting on armchairs in the Oval Office, in a discussion. Memory can get tricky when you’re Grumpy’s age.

      • 24 Obama Grandmama
        June 14, 2012 at 12:11 pm

        The media treats McCain like he is the only person that can understand the military and even though Obama’s viewpoints on foreign policy were totally opposed McCain probably expected PBO to come to him for advice. He is used to being treated as if he is the expert. I also remember McCain being asked to socially go to the wh for a football viewing and him turning it down.

        • 25 Obama Grandmama
          June 14, 2012 at 12:15 pm

          Another problem I have with the media is raising politicians children to the status of their parents without the child’s due dilligence in acquiring expertise themselves. Case in point Meghan McCain, and Luke Russert.

          • 26 theo67
            June 14, 2012 at 1:07 pm

            Indeed – my 14 year old niece has more political wisdom in her pinky finger than those two (Meghan and Luke) combined.

    • 27 hopefruit2
      June 14, 2012 at 8:15 am

      It always comes down to this childishness, doesn’t it? Almost everyone who goes to the MSM with some complaint about PBO – when you peel away all the layers of hostilities and nasty criticisms, you are left with someone who’s “hurt” that PBO didn’t give them love at the end of the day.

      I would say that at the age of 77 it’s time for McCain to grow up. He’s a big boy now. Put the childish ways aside.

    • 28 TrumpDog
      June 14, 2012 at 8:20 am

      After he picked that awful viscious Palin who spouted some pretty inflammatory accusations against Obama – why the FUCK should Obama or his “cohorts” genuinely reach out to him????

      • 29 sabreen60
        June 14, 2012 at 10:44 am

        Morning Chips and TOD.
        Congrats Japa.

        And McCain never tried to reel Palin in. In fact, according to “Game Change” he didn’t have the balls to do it.

      • 30 theo67
        June 14, 2012 at 1:08 pm

        And given that McCain continues to tout his belief that picking Palin was a sound decision, one must ask why he thinks anyone would go to him for advice and guidance?

    • 31 Bill
      June 14, 2012 at 8:26 am

      On the floor of the US Senate McCain said of PBO, “Obama deserves scorn and disdain for Iraq pullout.” I cannot recall an elected official making such a nasty, gratuitous statement about a sitting CIC. McCain is fortunate PBO acknowledges that he is alive.

      • 32 theo67
        June 14, 2012 at 1:10 pm

        There’s only one President that deserves scorn and disdain for anything to do with Iraq – and that’s Bush. McCain should sit down and shut up.

    • 33 Ladyhawke
      June 14, 2012 at 8:41 am

      THE MAN WHO NEVER WAS

      Desperate to keep his Senate seat, John McCain repudiated his record, his principles, and even his maverick reputation, entrenching himself as the anti-Obama. Which raises the issue of whether the leader so many Americans admired—and so many journalists covered—ever truly existed.

      By Todd S. Purdum

      —————————

      McCAIN CAN’T STAND THE FACT THAT HE WAS BEATEN BY OBAMA. AT A RECENT MEETING, SAYS A WHITE HOUSE AIDE, “HE WOULD NOT LOOK AT THE PRESIDENT.”

      —————————–

      http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/features/2010/11/mccain-201011

    • June 14, 2012 at 9:27 am

      All I can say is that Arizona has been saddled with this POS since 1986, and thankfully he is serving his last term.

      • 35 desertflower
        June 14, 2012 at 11:46 am

        Happy Dance!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Morning, Jackie:)

      • 36 Cha
        June 14, 2012 at 3:09 pm

        Of course, mcpalin won’t look at the President of the United States of America..he’s scared shitless he’ll melt from all the positive, electric ENERGY! What a sad excuse for a human man.

    • 37 desertflower
      June 14, 2012 at 10:01 am

      Morning everyone! And now a word for John McCain: Screw you!
      That is all.

    • 40 nathkatun7
      June 14, 2012 at 11:12 am

      I think this is another Republican liar. I distinctly remember President Obama, shortly after elections, meeting one on one with McCain, in Chicago. Besides, does any one Remember Goerge W. Bush making an “outreach” to Al Gore ? Does any one remember the media asking other defeated candidates whether those who defeated them reached out to them?

    • 41 anniebella
      June 14, 2012 at 11:21 am

      Did the senile bitter old fool reach out to President Obama? Some men who loses knows how to handle things with grace and dignity, John McCain doesn’t.

    • 42 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      June 14, 2012 at 1:27 pm

      “F” McGrumpy and the horse he rode in on…

      I recall PBO hosting a dinner honoring this dirt bag a night or two before the inauguration.

      I recall an economic summitt at the WH not long after the inauguration where McGrumpy made an issue of the cost overruns for the new HMX-1 Presidential Helicopters (approved by Bush) and PBO said he’d look into it. I believe PBO either scaled back or completely cut the program.

      McGrumpy has been invited to the WH on more occassions than his Nov 4, 2008 ass-whooping requires. He need to get the “F” over it.

      See, that’s why PBO is the President and I’m not. I’d have told McGrumpy and a whole lot of other folks — right and left to “F”-off. The mistake the opposition continuously makes is that they take PBO’s kindness for weakness. PBO uses that to his advantage and kills them softly with it while plodding along, getting things done on behalf of us everyday people.

      Thank you, PBO!

  7. 43 bjw2
    June 14, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Good morning everyone!
    Since my laptop has been acting up I haven’t had the opportunity to comment as much, and this dang smart phone is not so agile when it comes to posting comments. I’m looking forward to the President’s speech today and hope he kicks some tail!
    Everyone have a wonderful day!

    • 44 Obama Grandmama
      June 14, 2012 at 12:24 pm

      I was listening to Randi Rhodes yesterday and heard a caller into the show complain that Obama needed to say something to the public. Randi said he had already addressed the issue and played a clip of PBO stating almost word for word what the caller wanted him to say. Rhodes then started talking about how the media ignores what Obama says and the public is not getting this information from the media. I hope they will do a better job at reporting. I will not hold my breath but know when we let them know they are failing it seems to help for a short time. That tells me we just have to be on top of it at all times.

      • 45 Cha
        June 14, 2012 at 3:15 pm

        Too bad for the Planet, OG, that the US media will not be doing a better job when their sole purpose is to COVER UP WHAT POBAMA DOES AND RAGE ON THEIR MANUFACTURED GAFFES OF PBO.

        “Dean’s Scream” comes to mind when the m$mwhore$ want somebody goin’ down.

        They’d have a million f**king Golden Gaffes to Rage on from willard..but, I don’t read about that happening.

  8. June 14, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Good morning TOD family. There has to be a continuous rallying call for the resignation of the 15 GOP congressional leaders that plotted on inaugural day to take down President Obama and the Country.

  9. 51 Suzette
    June 14, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Mitt accusing the President of been out of touch – “I think Mitt maybe out of touch with what out of touch means”.

  10. 57 hopefruit2
    June 14, 2012 at 8:26 am

  11. 58 amk for obama
    June 14, 2012 at 8:27 am

    GM folks.

    Got done son’s admission to the engineering college today. The boy will fly the coop in August to stay in hostel. Only 2 parental visits a month allowed. ummm.

  12. 71 hopefruit2
    June 14, 2012 at 8:28 am

    • 73 amk for obama
      June 14, 2012 at 8:33 am

      Paging bwd and one other person. 🙂

      • June 14, 2012 at 9:03 am

        When the President starts to Campaign full time the messaging will change for the better!

        • 75 nathkatun7
          June 14, 2012 at 11:34 am

          I am not sure what you mean exactly. What specifically is wrong with his message now and what is he going to change to make it better? I think the word “messaging” is overused.

        • 76 theo67
          June 14, 2012 at 1:15 pm

          It’s not the messaging that’s the problem – it’s the media messengers. The media refuses to be honest and fair, and they distort petty things and blow them up to be huge issues. They challenge things as though they are controversial, when just a little bit of thinking shows that whatever they are hyperventilating about is usually just fine and actually the correct position on a topic.

          Jay Carney said a few weeks ago that just because the right wing opposes something, doesn’t mean its automatically bad. In fact, if the right wing opposes something – chances are that it’s actually quite good for the American people!

  13. 77 Melanie
    June 14, 2012 at 8:29 am

    More Americans blame Bush than Obama…last week I posted a wapo poll that showed 49% to 34% blame Bush to Obama. This new Gallup poll shows that 68% still blame Bush to 52% who blame PBO. For those that say that this is not a winning argument…they are still wrong.
    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0612/77416.html

    • June 14, 2012 at 8:44 am

      I saw that poll, and so did Arianna. That’s why the first thing out of her mouth on MJ was that Obama can no longer blame Bush for the economy. She is so predictable. She should just tape an “Obama is bad” sign to her forehead so we wouldn’t have to listen to her talk.

      • June 14, 2012 at 9:00 am

        She has a problem with Him, it’s Deep!

      • 81 Obama Grandmama
        June 14, 2012 at 12:38 pm

        One of the rules of business is to find a niche that needs filling. I have decided that many of the so called progressives are really former GOP that went to the Left only because it was an available niche. The people in this category are following the money and in many ways still possess their original ideology. I had also wondered if it was a double agent kind of thing where they were invading the oppositions territory to persuade and destroy. I then re-exam my thoughts and think slow down you are beginning to sound like a conspiracy theorist. I do remember a GOP legislator talking about his running in the Dem primary in WI in the recall. That was motivated to destroy the Dems chance of winning so it is not so improbable.

      • 82 Cha
        June 14, 2012 at 3:27 pm

        She should just Tatoo it on her stupid head.

  14. 83 Ceb
    June 14, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Good morning Chips and TODers!

    I was just looking for the video of PBO and the military dads , returned here and there it is. Thanks Chips. This video also shows how in touch PBO is with communities because of his own experience. Barbershops (and Beauty shops) have long been a major source of information ( as well as gossip and fun) in neighborhoods, especially A A. Getting information in a familiar setting among friends will be more effective and will reach more of the target audience. I love this idea.

    Other news: my local ABC station mentioned that Michelle was on Pinterest and showed the website page. I must admit that the first that I heard about this site was when it was mentioned here a few threads ago. I am so glad that PBO’s campaign is way more hip and with it than I am.

    To explain the lowering gas prices, ABC said it was because of supply and demand. Interesting that they did not mention that connection when prices were going up instead of trying to connect it to supposed failure of the president’s.

    Have a great day everyone.

  15. 88 hopefruit2
    June 14, 2012 at 8:31 am

    • June 14, 2012 at 8:37 am

      The Presidents messaging goes in steps, he has to drive Home the Past and Robneys record, then he will talk about vision and what he has and will do.
      Thus, The hand wringing is ridiculous. The Pundits think they are running for President. LOL!

      • 90 hopefruit2
        June 14, 2012 at 8:39 am

        I agree Jovie. The President and his campaign know what they’re doing. They’ve won tough elections before.

      • 91 desertflower
        June 14, 2012 at 10:13 am

        I brought this over from the last post, because it kind of goes to the discussion:

        A bit upthread, you all were having the conversation about PBO not talking so much about people still having a hard time and concentrating on the positive. I agree. That said, he needs to give America a little refresher course in WHAT GOVT IS! The gov. is US! We the people, so when Mitt says that he’s going to get rid of govt, going to slash things that aren’t necessary…it means US, and families and programs that everyone likes and that we all depend on. THIS is what I want the President to remind everyone of!
        We need to replace the narrative that “govt IS the problem” to one of We the People are the govt…and that govt is here to serve ALL Americans…and explain things in those terms…we can ALL relate…and then it becomes harder for the republicans to paint the govt as some evil entity. It is NOT! I think that message is empowering and positive and one that this nation needs to have. For too long the role of govt in our lives has festered under the radar…THAT’S what this election needs to be about…and I can’t think of a better, more articulate person to explain this to America.

        That said, I found this that said it better than I could. Just my 2 cents
        http://crooksandliars.com/jill-w-klausen/defining-government-and-how-mitt-ro

        The other thing is, when this President is side by side in a debate……what’s his face will get blown out of the water. Right now, one talks, one lies, and they go back and forth…this will change in a side by side comparison…there is NO comparison!!

      • 94 57andfemale
        June 14, 2012 at 10:53 am

        Even Jennifer Granholm was on this bandwagon yesterday.

        The ‘forward vision’ — that will come as the campaign gears up. You DO NOT throw everything out there all at once for God’s sake.

        Defining Mitt — that’s the first step. And why give them all of our ammunition so they can lie about it?

        However, it’s time for all of us to demand Mitt’s tax returns. It is unconscionable that he will receive the nomination without revealing his tax returns.

    • 95 hopefruit2
      June 14, 2012 at 8:51 am

      • 96 jackiegrumbacher
        June 14, 2012 at 9:44 am

        Plus if you actually talk to real people you get the disconnect. There’s the real world and then there’s the fantasy world cooked by by cable.

    • 97 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      June 14, 2012 at 11:33 am

      Think you’ll like this, hf 😀 😀 😀

      #PRESSON

  16. June 14, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Okay! My Mother just said something Shockingly funny.
    Donnie Deutch said he was an Obama supporter but the jobs numbers really has Him thinking and if the jobs report still stinks 4 weeks to the election that he will vote For Eobney.
    My Mother’s retort? Fuck Donnie Deutch and His wavering support.
    LOL!
    I am still laughing, at what my Mom said, as She covered Her mouth.
    I don’t believe, I have ever heard Her Cuss.

    • 99 hopefruit2
      June 14, 2012 at 8:33 am

      Anyone who talks nonsense like Deutch is NOT an Obama supporter. Seems like your mom is a wise lady.

      • June 14, 2012 at 8:39 am

        Yup! Deutch said he saw Robneys new ad and got him thinking.
        Whatever!
        He owns half of Volvo, he is part of wall street, who heavily favors Robney.
        Thus, I don’t want Dutch support! He can suck it!

      • 103 jackiegrumbacher
        June 14, 2012 at 9:47 am

        Yes, people like that are trying to get you to rethink your commitment, because after all, they were ‘ardent’ supporters until they saw an ad. Really they are as transparent as glass and should just be laughed at.

    • 104 Cha
      June 14, 2012 at 4:01 pm

      I don’t know who donnie deutch is but he sounds like a world class IDIOT.

  17. 105 JER
    June 14, 2012 at 8:33 am

    VIDEO: Cafe owner after hosting Romney event: It “felt like mocking. You don’t want to have him back. With how he treated me, is that how he’s going to treat others?”

    • 106 Cha
      June 14, 2012 at 4:04 pm

      That’s how “he” does treat others. And, more people would know this if the bought and paid for media were a free press.

    • 108 amk for obama
      June 14, 2012 at 8:43 am

      Tweeted JER. Thx.

    • June 14, 2012 at 10:06 am

      I heard about that on the radio this morning. After the Romney Camp so thoroughly disrespected her, she still couldn’t help taking a dig at the President. (sic) “You would have thought the Obama’s had been here.” Isn’t that just like the GOP? They get screwed over by their party, and they blame the President for it. Hopeless dumbasses.

      • 110 TrumpDog
        June 14, 2012 at 10:23 am

        🙄
        I think I read they are Independents. Yeah, right.

      • 111 Debz
        June 14, 2012 at 11:08 am

        When I heard her comment about POTUS my first thought was, she deserved to be disrespected by Romney. The implication of “you’d think Obama was here” shouts out “those people” don’t know how to act.

      • 112 nabsentia23
        June 14, 2012 at 2:39 pm

        She could have also meant that Romney and his camp acted as if he was already President. Yet, she did name Obama specifically and I have yet to recall any campaign visit where Obama and/or his team ever behave like this.

        • 113 susanne
          June 14, 2012 at 2:54 pm

          i bristled when she said, ‘you’d think obama was here’–something about her facial expression–but then i watched again, and i think she was mocking robme. like, ‘who does he think he is, the president of the united states?’

          • 114 Cha
            June 14, 2012 at 4:13 pm

            Yeah, I just read that remark and wondered about it, yesterday. In my mind I was thinking the way it was written that she could have meant…for all the Security and all..you’d think Obama was here.

  18. June 14, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  19. 116 amk for obama
    June 14, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Guess what was covered in the international news in our Indian newspaper. AZ-08 election result !!!. One column x 7 inches no less.

    • 117 hopefruit2
      June 14, 2012 at 8:43 am

      The fact this very important election got bare mention in the US mainstream media is very telling about whose agenda is being served by the MSM. The Democrat who’s not particularly well known won the seat by a signficantly wider margin than popular Gabby Giffords did in 2010. This indicates that voters are not in the mood for the Republican/Tea Party as they were in 2010, and this should be a serious red flag for Mitt Romney and any Republican running for office in November.

      This year’s election is not going to be in anyway shape or form like 2010.

    • 118 desertflower
      June 14, 2012 at 10:17 am

      Seriously? I think that was probably more because of what happened to Gabby….if that tragic event hadn’t happened, your Indian newspaper wouldn’t have said a word about our little slice of sanity in crazy AZ 🙂

  20. 119 hopefruit2
    June 14, 2012 at 8:37 am

  21. June 14, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Obama will keep pushing to present the election as a choice, instead of a referendum, the Wall Street Journal says.

    • 122 jackiegrumbacher
      June 14, 2012 at 9:49 am

      Of yes, the WSJ, the great source of wisdom about the internal workings of the president’s campaign. What a joke!!

      • June 14, 2012 at 10:00 am

        However, I hope it is true!

      • 124 TrumpDog
        June 14, 2012 at 10:26 am

        Yeah I don’t trust WSJ and I’m sick of these news sources claiming to know the strategy of the Obama campaign. They don’t.

        • June 14, 2012 at 10:45 am

          We keep saying that. But, like a lot of the polls we hate, a lot of times they prove to be right.
          Like, the Marquette poll that put Walker up by 7 out of the blue.
          Everybody freaked out, but it was right on the money!
          Just saying.

    • 126 susanne
      June 14, 2012 at 2:59 pm

      hmmm–let’s see now, who owns the wall street urinal? oh yeah, same guy who owns pox news. just expect everything they say, write, and do to be insulting to the president and carefully designed to turn public opinion away from him.

      • 127 Cha
        June 14, 2012 at 4:21 pm

        That’s a descriptive moniker, susanne..I’m tired of putting quotes around “news” when I mention pox.

  22. 128 hopefruit2
    June 14, 2012 at 8:49 am

    So Willard is finally going on a non-FOX interview this Sunday. But I’m afraid that I don’t have a whole lot of confidence that this interview will be conducted in an adult or objective manner. I suspect it’s going to be more of the same – allowing Willard to get away with lie after lie after lie, while throwing him a bunch of soft-ball questions.

    • June 14, 2012 at 8:52 am

      Tweet FTN with your questions!

    • 130 Ladyhawke
      June 14, 2012 at 9:29 am

      It’s nice to see that Mitt Romney has finally accepted Bob Schieffer’s invitation to appear on Face The Republican Nation. I am guessing it will be a solo appearance without Ann Romney at his side. Anyway, I am not expecting anything resembling a real interview with tough questions and follow-ups challenging outlandish claims. The question I would like answered is why does Mitt Romney lie so much and why does he continue to repeat lies that have been debunked. He has a reputation for dishonesty. How does this qualify him for the oval office. Also, his lack of transparency is alarming. Steve Benen of the Maddowblog has been chronicling Mitt Mendacity for months. He has enough material for a book deal.

      Below are a couple of examples of Bob Schieffer’s interviewing skills.

      1) Bob Schieffer Accuses Axelrod of Going Negative Against Romney

      http://crooksandliars.com/nicole-belle/bob-schieffer-accuses-axelrod-going-n

      2) Gingrich: Romney Is a Liar, But I Could Support Him

      http://videocafe.crooksandliars.com/david/gingrich-romney-liar-i-could-support-him

      (Note: In this interview, Norah O’Donnell and Bob Schieffer just could not believe that Newt Gingrich was calling Mitt Romney a LIAR. This was one of the most embarrassing interviews I have ever seen on television. As “journalists” you would think that Norah and Bob would be the ones pointing out the lies. Isn’t that THEIR JOB?? They were just shocked and could not believe that Newt Gingrich was saying what we all know. Mitt Romeny is a LIAR.

      • 131 desertflower
        June 14, 2012 at 10:27 am

        Maybe we ought to “prime” Schieffer ahead of time 🙂

        • 132 Ladyhawke
          June 14, 2012 at 10:53 am

          Exactly. We need to embarrass him into doing his job. If this just turns out to be another puff piece, I hope both of them will get pummeled.

          From day one, Mitt Romney’s strategy has been to criticize President Obama for everything while never giving any specifics about what he would do. From day one and before, the scrutiny of President Obama has been unprecedented. Every word, every gesture, every move he makes is analyzed and dissected. Romney wants the job but he doesn’t want the scrutiny. Romney wants to take a glide path to the Oval Office without providing many details.

          We are not supposed to talk about his time as governor of Massachusetts, we can’t talk about Bain, we can’t talk about his family, we can’t talk about his religion, we can’t talk about his wealth, we can’t talk about his tax returns, on and on. He just feels the presidency is owed to him. As Ann Romney said “It’s Our Turn Now”. This election must be a real nuisance for the Romney’s.

  23. June 14, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Much has been made of the star-studded high-dollar fundraising that President Barack Obama has come to depend on in 2012. But his campaign is getting a lot more from Hollywood and Silicon Valley than big checks.

    It is getting some unorthodox advice on marketing the president, reports Bloomberg Businessweek. Before taking his job as Obama’s campaign manager, Jim Messina met with executives from Google, Apple, Facebook and DreamWorks and he has continued to tap their expertise.

    “At DreamWorks Studios, Steven Spielberg spent three hours explaining how to capture an audience’s attention and offered a number of ideas that will be rolled out before Election Day,” Businessweek’s Joshua Green reported Thursday.

    “An early example of Spielberg’s influence is RomneyEconomics.com, a website designed by the Obama team to tell the story—a horror story, by their reckoning—of Mitt Romney’s career at Bain Capital. Afterward, Spielberg insisted that Messina sit down with the DreamWorks marketing team. Hollywood movie studios are expert, as presidential campaigns also must be, at spending huge sums over a few weeks to reach and motivate millions of Americans.”

    Google’s Eric Schmidt gave Messina advice about growing a large operation quickly, Apple’s Steve Jobs pushed him on mobile technology and Vogue’s Anna Wintour showed him how the fashion world could contribute, Green reports.

    The full story , which takes a deep dive into the schooling and mindset of Messina, is well worth the read.

    http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-06-14/obamas-ceo-jim-messina-has-a-president-to-sell

    Interesting!

  24. 135 amk for obama
    June 14, 2012 at 8:50 am

    • 136 hopefruit2
      June 14, 2012 at 8:52 am

      Thanks amk. Was just about to post this, but you beat me to it!

      • 137 amk for obama
        June 14, 2012 at 8:56 am

        I am glad the campaign is hitting mittbot’s pain capital despite the hissy fits from corporate dems, thugs and the punk media. Define mitt now as a greedy sunvabitch. They can get to his cluelessness later on.

        • 138 hopefruit2
          June 14, 2012 at 8:59 am

          Yup, me too. So happy that the campaign is not going to be intimidated and will keep pushing the BainMitt narrative!

          • 139 desertflower
            June 14, 2012 at 10:30 am

            I like that they do this. I also like when they have the workers tell their horror stories of life with Mitt…it resonates because they are everyday workers…and people can empathize with them…they paint the picture in their heads that says. “This could be me”.

  25. 140 amk for obama
    June 14, 2012 at 8:53 am

  26. June 14, 2012 at 8:54 am

  27. 142 Pamela
    June 14, 2012 at 8:58 am

    66th! Love FLOTUS’ beauty in this photo, has she ever got his back!

  28. 143 hopefruit2
    June 14, 2012 at 9:01 am

    The “call me maybe” remake with PBO is now over 12M views on Twitter (published less than 2 wks ago).

    And the MSM wants to tell us that PBO is unpopular?

  29. 144 hopefruit2
    June 14, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Just a gentle reminder: 9:10AM Sandra Fluke on CNN to endorse PBO 🙂

  30. 147 hopefruit2
    June 14, 2012 at 9:05 am

  31. June 14, 2012 at 9:15 am

    We know about this, but it is just astonishing, that McConnell told Repubs on Day 1 that they “aren’t going to make a single move between now and the election, because anything we do carries with it the RISK that the economy improves.”

    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/thom-hartmann-says-republicans-and-fox-news-engaging-in-treason/

  32. June 14, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Brad said Trolls! Lol!

  33. June 14, 2012 at 9:53 am

    News media finally asking the tough questions. Today’s Ann Curry just asked a teenage girl, one of thousands camped outside the Today Show for 5 days and nights awaiting a Justin Bieber appearance tomorrow, “How much do you love Justin Bieber?” America held its breath awaiting the response. Answer: “A lot”.
    I’m going to put this crowd in with the crowd standing in line for 5 days awaiting the Kanye West shoes as an explanation as to why we’ve had major slippage in all the scholastic performance rankings.

  34. 153 Linda
    June 14, 2012 at 10:01 am

    The Associated Press

    @AP

    BREAKING: Egypt’s highest court orders entire parliament dissolved, says election was unconstitutional.

  35. June 14, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Yesterday, the DOE announced a 350 million dollar loan guarantee for a small town in Ohio, for a small/safe nuclear reactor!
    Secretary Chu has changed the Nuclear reactor industry, cheaper and safer than the old ones.
    This was also a promise kept from 08!

  36. 155 amk for obama
    June 14, 2012 at 10:06 am

    A 10-year-old girl has had a major blood vessel in her body replaced with one grown with her own stem cells, Swedish doctors report.

    She had poor blood flow between her intestines and liver.

    ///

    his is the latest is a series of body parts grown, or engineered, to match the tissue of the patient.

    Last year, scientists created a synthetic windpipe and then coated it with a patient’s stem cells.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-18428889

    • 156 desertflower
      June 14, 2012 at 10:38 am

      Amazing! Wonderful news! In my dreams, I have wished that a new heart could have been grown for my mom, so she would still be here today. That day has past for me, but I hope that one day soon, others will have that option. Such good news.

  37. 157 amk for obama
    June 14, 2012 at 10:09 am

  38. 158 donna dem 4 obama
    June 14, 2012 at 10:14 am

    I call B.S.

    I was reading up thread where LOL posted this comment from McCain…

    “Let’s get real here,” McCain said. “There was never any outreach from President Obama or anyone in his administration to me.”

    Do you all remember this little event that took place the night before the inauguation? I sure do, because I was thinking to myself that our next President is a far better person than I because after McCain picked that crazy, nasty woman to be his running mate I wouldn’t give him the time of day!

    Obama offers bipartisan salute to McCain.

    {Snip}

    On the evening before his inauguration, President-elect Barack Obama sped through Washington, attending a series of dinners promoting bipartisanship.

    Obama’s first stop was a dinner honoring Sen. John McCain, Obama’s vanquished Republican opponent for the presidency.

    Obama called McCain an American hero who set a standard of patriotism and bipartisanship for all to follow. The president-elect said they had put their campaign criticisms behind them and called for help “in making this bipartisan dinner not just an inaugural tradition, but a new way of doing the people’s business in this city.”

    So you may want to tweet that bitter, useless, angy old man this link the next time he says the Obama administration never reached out to him for bipartisanship after the 2008 campaign.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28740225/ns/politics-inauguration/t/obama-offers-bipartisan-salute-mccain/

    • June 14, 2012 at 10:20 am

      Our President is so extraordinary it is difficult for small minds to take him in.

      • 160 Don
        June 14, 2012 at 10:32 am

        You’ve hit the nail on the head Sara, thinking you are smarter than someone and finding out they are so much more smarter than you can have a very chilling effect on your psyche. I remember President Obama going to a Republican retreat early in his Presidency and handing the Republican’s their asses on a silver platter, up until that moment the Republicans thought they were indeed smarter than the President.

    • June 14, 2012 at 10:26 am

      And for that matter PBO’s election night victory speech where he waxed poetic about McCain. This President from jump has showed a lot of class that McCain has not reciprocated. Although I will give him credit for that “mistake” endorsement he gave PBO with Mittens standing right beside him.

    • 162 desertflower
      June 14, 2012 at 10:42 am

      Thanks for this, donna. I think I will send my senator a little REMINDER in an email today:)

    • 163 dee
      June 14, 2012 at 11:13 am

      I was getting ready to write about all those bipartisan meetings prior to the inauguration, I hope those on the right remember this when the repubs spout this garbage.

    • 164 nathkatun7
      June 14, 2012 at 12:00 pm

      Thanks Donna for sharing this.You would think reporters at Hill would know the info. you shared. I also remember the President elect meeting with McCain in Chicago, shortly after the election, to solicit some ideas about how to deal with the impending financial collapse.

  39. June 14, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Excerpts from speech-

    –The frame: “This election offers the American people a chance to break the stalemate between two fundamentally different visions of how to grow the economy, create middle-class jobs, and pay down the debt.  Governor Romney and his allies in Congress believe that if you simply take away regulations and cut taxes by trillions of dollars, the market will solve all our problems on its own. The President believes the economy grows not from the top down, but from the middle class up, and he has an economic plan to do that — a plan that focuses on education, energy, innovation, infrastructure, and a tax code that creates American jobs and pays down our debt in a way that’s balanced.”

  40. 168 hopefruit2
    June 14, 2012 at 10:19 am

    HEADLINE: Florida firefighters back Barack Obama

    // Well, the Florida Professional Firefighters were the only firefighter affiliate union in the country that refused to back John Kerry in 2004, partly because then Gov. Jeb Bush had helped them with pensions and his brother was on the ballot.

    Now they’re behind President Obama, whom they supported in 2008. The firefighters, like the police union, have historically been more likely than other government-sector unions to back Republicans. But amid Republican-led budget cuts and criticisms about pensions, the unions have little choice but to stampede to Democrats. //

    Read more here: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2012/06/florida-firefighters-back-barack-obama.html#storylink=cpy

    • 169 Don
      June 14, 2012 at 10:24 am

      Shouldn’t all Firefighter, Police and Teacher Unions endorse President Obama?

      • June 14, 2012 at 10:27 am

        I get the feeling it’s on the way.

        • 171 Don
          June 14, 2012 at 10:36 am

          How much longer should the wait be, I mean Romney has already stated that funding for Firefighters, Police, and Teachers won’t be coming from his administration.

          • June 14, 2012 at 10:40 am

            They have to hold a vote first, so not to piss off Republican members!
            I am sure that is happening all over, as we speak!

            • 173 Don
              June 14, 2012 at 10:48 am

              Jovie, sorry for my language but we are beyond trying to spare anyone’s feelings, if you are a Republican Firefighter or Police Officer I wouldn’t give a fuck about you being pissed off, not when Romney is trying his goddamn best to defund your livelihood.

    • 175 amk for obama
      June 14, 2012 at 10:31 am

      Tweeted hf.

    • June 14, 2012 at 10:34 am

      This will help with the blue collar vote in the rustbelt.
      Let it fester for a couple months, it will show up just in Time.

      • 177 Don
        June 14, 2012 at 10:42 am

        Did you say “The Blue Collar Vote?” don’t underestimate their ability to vote against their on best interest. “Remember Wisconsin” should be a bumper sticker when the working class thinks about voting for Romney.

        • 178 hopefruit2
          June 14, 2012 at 10:50 am

          Don, lets try to keep this positive. Wisconsin was not the same kind of election as the Presidential election.

          • 179 Don
            June 14, 2012 at 10:58 am

            Of course not, but Wisconsin does not exists in a vacuum. My point about the “blue collar vote” is that hopefully all across the nation blue collar workers will vote for their best interest and not against their interest like they did in Wisconsin in the 2010 midterms.

            • 180 hopefruit2
              June 14, 2012 at 11:03 am

              The 2010 election was based on midterm partisan votes. The 2012 election will be based on presidential policy votes. Apples and oranges.

              The AZ-08 election this past Tuesday was a more significant predictor of Nov 2012 than the WI vote in 2010.

            • 181 nabsentia23
              June 14, 2012 at 2:57 pm

              It should also be remembered that voters do not like recall elections (even if they don’t like the person in office). Recalls are seen as being warranted only when there’s either criminal activity or serious malfeasance. Maybe if Wisconsinites had waited until after the ongoing Walker criminal investigation found any evidence of wrongdoing – the recall effort would have been more successful.

              And despite what Walker has said, Wisconsin in not in play this year. Support for Obama is still high in the state. As for 2010, it wasn’t in the best interests of the Left to stay home and not vote, but we did and look what we got as a result? Boehner as Speaker and Walker as Wisconsin’s Governor. Apathy on the Left was just as responsible for Walker’s 2010 as blue collar workers voting against their best interests. We can not make that mistake again this year.

    • 182 proudmemberofglobalzero
      June 14, 2012 at 10:35 am

      Talked to one yesterday. He hates Scott and will vote Obama.

    • 183 Cha
      June 14, 2012 at 4:33 pm

      Thx hopefruit! From your link..

      ““Yet that’s exactly what Mitt Romney has done. His record in Massachusetts shows that he vetoed more than $1 million for fire education. The vetoes were so wrong that both parties in the State House and Senate overrode them unanimously. Mitt Romney didn’t value jobs for firefighters and paramedics when he was governor of Massachusetts, and he doesn’t now.”

      “It’s President Obama who has always stood by those who keep our communities safe and provide fire and emergency medical services to those in desperate situations. He’s supported hiring programs, provided safety equipment and modernized firehouses that have helped firefighters keep their jobs and stay safe. His jobs plan will keep firefighters and paramedics on the job across the country. Since President Obama has always had our back, Florida firefighters and paramedics will continue to have his back come November.”

      This is Brilliant…FACTS ON A SILVER PLATTER!!

  41. 184 Ladyhawke
    June 14, 2012 at 10:20 am

    LOLGOP ‏@LOLGOP

    ——————————–

    SEO master @SteveBenen owns the keywords “Mitt’s Mendacity” https://www.google.com/search?q=mitt%27s+mendacity&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a

    ————————————–

  42. 185 symmetry11
    June 14, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Michelle Obama to speak in Nashville http://tnne.ws/K4Sr0r

  43. 186 cluny
    June 14, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Hey all,

    Someone (can’t remember who – apologies) had the great idea yesterday o the campaignf donating a $10,000 bet to a favourite charity if it could be proved that something Willard stated was a lie. You know what would be better than the campaing doing it? A bunch of ‘celebrities’ because PBO has got them – they support him and it’s what gets news these days. They won’t be able to refuse. People like Charles Barkley, Joy Behar, Jane Lynch (the good, tough, talkers) forming a group and doing it for everyone of Benen’s listed lies. It could work if the celebs stepped up and boy would the MSM have to cover it – it would be impossible to refuse. What do people think?

    • 187 hopefruit2
      June 14, 2012 at 10:43 am

      Duny, That was CHIP’s IDEA!!! 🙂 🙂

    • 188 desertflower
      June 14, 2012 at 10:44 am

      That would be Chips:)!!

    • 190 donna dem 4 obama
      June 14, 2012 at 11:02 am

      My only issue is that there are really strick “campaign laws” regarding donations. You have to be careful about how money donated to a campaign is used. Someone smarter than me would need to look into this to see if charities qualify.

      • 191 cluny
        June 14, 2012 at 11:10 am

        yes – good point. Maybe it could be a $10 grand bet that goes to the Burton Super Pac if charities don’t fit in ? Anyhow it definitely would take some nutting out.

    • June 14, 2012 at 11:48 am

      This would be an excellent way to carry Chip’s idea forward. I do hope one or more of these celebrities picks up on it. You are so right, duny, the MSM would indeed have to cover it!

  44. 193 mtmarilyn
    June 14, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Good morning Chips and TOD family. I just found out this morning that the State Republican Convention will be here in Missoula this weekend and that New Gingrich will be speaking Saturday night. I am going to do some calling and seeing what we can do to protest. I’ll keep you all informed.

  45. 196 Ladyhawke
    June 14, 2012 at 10:36 am

    WHY THE REPUBLICANS DECRY “THE BLAME GAME”: ROMNEY IS BUSH ON STEROIDS

    Remembering the predecessor

    By Steve Benen

    ————————————-

    Now, this won’t necessarily translate into votes for Obama in 2012. Americans may blame Bush, but they may still hold the current president responsible for not doing more to clean up Bush’s mess. Bush given that so much of the public still smells the stench of Bush’s failures, the fact that (a) Romney has surrounded himself with Bush staffers, (b) Romney wants a VP like Dick Cheney; and (c) the Republican National Committee believes a Romney presidency would be the same as Bush’s presidency, “just updated,” makes poll results like these quite relevant.

    ————————————

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/06/14/12220615-remembering-the-predecessor?lite

    • 197 cluny
      June 14, 2012 at 10:51 am

      They should bring out that great line some Princeton guy said on Alex Wagner’s show re Romney as Pres: ‘he would be Bush but Bushier’ – good poster/bumper sticker.

    • June 14, 2012 at 11:01 am

      Letterman was showing clips of W’s idiotic moments and there was one where he hocks a big wad of spit onto the White House lawn. OMG, just purely disgusting. UGH.

  46. 199 LOL
    June 14, 2012 at 10:44 am

    Did you guys know this…The highest the Unemployment rate went under PBO was 10% in October 2009, the highest New Jersey went was 9.8% in March 2010 after Chris Christie was elected. Last month, the UE for the country was 8.2%, for New Jersey 9.1%!!!!!

    • 200 cluny
      June 14, 2012 at 10:55 am

      Charles Barkley in many interviews has said this: A lot of these guys take themselves a little bit too serious. Let’s see, a teacher, policeman, fireman, doctor, and somebody who’s in the service. I truly believe those are the only five real jobs in the world. Everybody else should just shut the hell up and enjoy life. There’s five legitimate jobs in life.

      It’s an honor and a blessing to play a sport for a living, but come on man. Listen, do we make things better … if someone’s having bad day or a city’s having a tough time? Of course. But you can’t think you’re the greatest thing in the world if you play a sport–you got to keep it all in perspective.

      What is interesting is when he says it the crowd roars approval – If anyone can find video of it – he’s said it on either Letterman, Conan or George Lopez. And he makes a good point – why do we have to genuflect to ballers – or Big buiness. These jobs are the jobs of teh ‘real americans’ as Palin would say.

    • 202 Nena20409
      June 14, 2012 at 11:00 am

      And Yet many in NJ gives that fluffy Christie a favorable rating. Dems have got to stop backing idiots and wicked meanness like Chris Christie.

  47. 203 hopefruit2
    June 14, 2012 at 10:44 am

  48. 205 criquet
    June 14, 2012 at 10:53 am

  49. 208 hopefruit2
    June 14, 2012 at 10:55 am

  50. 210 amk for obama
    June 14, 2012 at 10:56 am

  51. 211 amk for obama
    June 14, 2012 at 10:57 am

  52. 212 amk for obama
    June 14, 2012 at 10:57 am

  53. 215 hopefruit2
    June 14, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Hello Jer,
    If you’re lurking around, can you post the cbs link to our President’s departure from DC in AF1? Thanks in advance!

  54. 219 hopefruit2
    June 14, 2012 at 11:08 am

    HAHAHAHA! What a stalker!

    • 220 ChristiMTL
      June 14, 2012 at 11:16 am

      Romney bus spotted. E. 35th street in Cleveland near POTUS event site. #iveseenthistrickbefore http://t.co/
      — @ShawnaNBCNews via UberSocial for BlackBerry
      And then a few minutes later:
      The Romney bus is now circling the event space and honking. Obama supporters in line jeer.
      — @ZekeJMiller via Tweetbot for iOS

      I just saw that link on twitter, it was Jed at Kos………….again??? circling the event space and honking?

      • 221 ChristiMTL
        June 14, 2012 at 11:20 am

        No wonder the media doesn’t want to talk about Romney’s past…..the bully!!…..it’s the way he runs his campaign…..effing jerk….no class.

      • June 14, 2012 at 11:34 am

        That is just so juvenile. Embarrassing, this kind of infantile behavior from a campaign for the presidency of the United States.

      • 224 anniebella
        June 14, 2012 at 11:54 am

        Someone to tell the big bad bully Mitt Romney to stop sending his childish supporters to the President event, tell Mitt to have to guts to show up. I dare the high school bully.

        • 225 Nena20409
          June 14, 2012 at 12:33 pm

          In Dec 2000, during the recount on FL, GOP operatives sent out a mob shouting, screaming and pounding on the doors to intimidate and to stop the count. Nothing GOP does is ever in a vacuum.

          Romney loves to impersonate. He impersonated MI state patrol officer and the media ignored the story as nothing. Those who tweet should really ask the media, why is Romney once again imitating and honking loud Bus horn to disrupt an event when no such thing is done to him? It should also be tweeted about how Romney would rather engage in silly games than come up with ideas of how to make America better.

          The Obama team should also tweet the Bus and photo with sound, saying when Romney has nothing to say, they try bulling by using loud Bus horn to hurt people on the line. Their ear drums. Loud noises, cost of health care.

      • June 14, 2012 at 12:16 pm

        Rather than jeering, it might be more effective to point and laugh. Treat them like the laughingstock they are.

        • 227 susanne
          June 14, 2012 at 3:10 pm

          works for me that there is nobody rallying around that bus! it can drive around and honk, but it sure isn’t gathering a happy crowd of supporters. i agree with jeering, point and laugh, and then–just ignoring them.

        • 228 Cha
          June 14, 2012 at 4:49 pm

          Or just have SIGNS at the Ready with a good summation of how they are viewed. Like.. Oh Look, there’s willard’s demon barber posse from hell Again.

    • 229 dee
      June 14, 2012 at 11:28 am

      Some really good banners or protestors in front of that bus would be appropriate, since I assume they are on a public verge, where signs are posted. What a small and petty man

  55. 230 Bill R.
    June 14, 2012 at 11:21 am

    BainMitt is still in Jr. High in his campaign philosophy.

  56. 231 Bill R.
    June 14, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Yup, more doom in New Jersey, BainMittmentum is on the rise. He’s only being trounced by 21 pts in New Jersey by our President. http://t.co/t0m0oQ2f

  57. 232 57andfemale
    June 14, 2012 at 11:30 am

  58. June 14, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Tiger is even thru 3!

  59. 238 criquet
    June 14, 2012 at 11:31 am

    • 239 daisydem
      June 14, 2012 at 2:22 pm

      How many gallons of gasoline is he using, do you think? So glad he can afford it at the lower prices now.

      • 240 Cha
        June 14, 2012 at 4:53 pm

        Good point, daisydem. They have $$$$$ to burn on gasoline but common sense. In fact they’re mentally challenged.

  60. 241 amk for obama
    June 14, 2012 at 11:37 am

    A perfect description of the right and the left

  61. 242 criquet
    June 14, 2012 at 11:38 am

    And they can’t spell…..

  62. 243 amk for obama
    June 14, 2012 at 11:42 am

  63. 244 criquet
    June 14, 2012 at 11:44 am

    And the media continues to support that lying ,phony candidate:

  64. 245 whatisworking
    June 14, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Good Morning TOD

    I absolutely love coming to this blog because of the depth and breadth or resources, it is just amazing. Having said that, sometimes I get a bit overwhelmed and find myself jumping from subject to subject because there are so many causes to promote and battles to wage.

    With that in mind I will be trying to focus on just a few of the same issues everyday until the election.

    My tentative list (which I hope I can stick to ) is

    1. I will do the work , chronicling all we do to support the President’s re-election, the work we do for OFA, and the conversations we have which help turn the tide of public opinion.

    2. Call to Compliment We so often pound folks with what we disagree with, I am hopeful that each day we can take the time to thank someone for what they are doing to support the President. We do this not just for them, but for ourselves. I really believe my blood pressure goes donw when I send a note of support.

    3. focused pressure on the media. We often put pressure on the media for 1 day about 1 thing and then switch to another topic the next day. We might be much more effective if we took a particular subject and stuck with it. I have also noticed that the path for a story often starts with a few folks sending around a YouTube video, then the blogs pick it up, then it is featured on Liberal shows like Bashir, Maddow, etc. and then finally…… it makes it to MSM.

    There are a few other things I think we need to do, but I will discuss them another day.

    For now there will be 3 posts listed below that follow up on these 3 concepts.

    Thanks in advance for all your support.

    • June 14, 2012 at 12:12 pm

      Very much agree about urging us to tweet, email appreciation for those few bright moments when a reporter tiptoes into the truth patch. Reward good behavior, ignore the bad—–just like raising kids and teaching elementary school. Reinforce the good choices.
      Good reminder—thanks.

    • 247 57andfemale
      June 14, 2012 at 1:09 pm

      I’m printing this out and pasting it above my computer. Excellent as always.

  65. 248 JER
    June 14, 2012 at 11:50 am

    President Obama Departure On Airforce One – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  66. 250 whatisworking
    June 14, 2012 at 11:53 am

    I WILL DO THE WORK

    Last night our local OFA had 2 events in one day. Wowsa. I attended a Farmers Market where we passed out the list of the President’s 50 top accomplishments, sold buttons and asked folks to fill out “I’m In” cards. We also held a phone bank into battleground states.

    The folks at the market ran the gamut from many moderate Democrats who were supportive of PBO and horrified by the thought of a Romney presidency, to a few Republicans and disappointed Democrats. Overall it was great to be doing something, instead of worrying and feeling helpless. I got home absolutely pooped – I am just not used to seeing and talking to lots of people everyday. I am also absolutely going to do it again next week. If anyone here has ideas for attracting folks to our table (free candy) a catchy slogan or sign) that would be great. The folks that fought thru the busy stream of foot traffic to talk to us were primarily supportive but it was tough getting folks attention.

    • 251 amk for obama
      June 14, 2012 at 12:01 pm

      Kudos on your great work, wiw. What is Working is an apt title.

    • 252 jackiegrumbacher
      June 14, 2012 at 12:27 pm

      The best way to attract people is offer lollipops for kids. The pops attract the children and the parents come along. And not just kids appreciate them, older people do as well. Offering patriotic stickers for kids also helps. Over the years we’ve picked up a lot of patriotic bunting, decorations, etc and all of that helps attract eyes to your table.

  67. June 14, 2012 at 11:54 am

    Hi TOD

    I am literally driving on my way home to NOLA. I have about 7 days until I startup new job (21st), so I figured I’d head home for the weekend. I’m bringing my laptop and iPad, so I’ll be online the whole time. Been driving now for ~4hrs, 4hrs to go. I’ll be back online once I get home to NOLA.

    Peace!!

  68. June 14, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    GOPolitico’s Joe Williams admits to Jennifer Granholm that the press is covering for Republican obstructionism

    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/politico-reporter-admits-the-press-is-covering-for-republican-obstructionism/

  69. 260 whatisworking
    June 14, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    CALL TO COMPLIMENT

    Who can we thank today? The Florida firefighters who endorsed the President? Sandra Fluke? or maybe someone local. Last night at the farmers market our table was next to the local Democratic club. The wonderful ladies there lent me supplies that made my table look and function a lot better.

    I gave the club leader a big sincere thanks, and you could just see the appreciation in her face. Here’s the really powerful part, I have pictured her face a dozen times today and it always makes me feel so much better. Giving a compliment to someone else is a gift you give yourself.

    Florida Firefighters contact page from their website

    http://www.fpfp.org/?zone=/unionactive/contact.cfm

    phone for folks with a cell phone who don’t mind calling long distance – when you call and thank them for the endorsement, also thank them for their service.
    Phone: 850-224-7333
    Fax: 850-222-1751

    If someone could post Sandra Flukes twitter, email, whatever, that would be helpful.

    • 261 57andfemale
      June 14, 2012 at 1:19 pm

      barbara Boxer took on the Liars on the Senate floor yesterday. I sent her a ‘thank you tweet’ but I like your entire list. will do.

      But I REALLY have to get some regular work done today, too.

  70. June 14, 2012 at 12:03 pm

  71. 263 Liberal Librarian
    June 14, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Morning everyone.

    Before I dig into everyone’s comments, I have a new piece up on TPV: http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2012/06/american-spring.html. Take a gander if you can.

  72. June 14, 2012 at 12:08 pm

  73. 267 whatisworking
    June 14, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    CALL TO ACTION – pressure the media

    One of the most striking videos I have seen in the last few days is the Thomas Hartmann piece about the Republican plot in 2009. I have been keeping track of the number of hits the video has received. It was a little over 2,000 early yesterday and is close to 4,000 today. That is a great improvement, but still a fairly small number. To all the folks who have put the video into tweets, posted it on facebook, blogged about it or sent an email a BIG THANKS.

    For the next few days lets keep that up and also write to our favorite bloggers and ask them to do a story on the piece. When you share the video on Social Media or write to a blogger, let the TOD family know, we will be both reminded and encouraged.

    • 268 desertflower
      June 14, 2012 at 12:23 pm

      ABSOLUTELY!!! I don’t Tweet, but have sent this to TPV, 3 Chics, 3 local AZ blogs, sent it via email,posted at Washington Monthly, and Bob Cesca. I think we ought to send it to local TV outlets and ask them WHY they aren’t reporting this! Bob has been tireless Tweeting this to so many….would love to know how far this has spread…but it needs to be spread farther and wider. The ENTIRE country needs to know this.

  74. 269 criquet
    June 14, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    • 270 57andfemale
      June 14, 2012 at 1:21 pm

      What’s he going to do when all those people in polyester elastic pants who voted Republican can no longer afford to lose all their money in his casinos?

      Oh that’s right — ship in Chinese tourists.

  75. 271 whatisworking
    June 14, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Now for an off topic, but encouraging story

    Ithaca mayor turns his personal parking space into a mini-park

    (if only all politicians were this sane and helpful)

    http://www.whatisworking.com/2012/06/ithaca-mayor-turns-his-personal-parking.html

  76. 272 Liberal Librarian
    June 14, 2012 at 12:25 pm


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