20
Jun
12

Colorado? Fired Up.

Denver Post: First lady Michelle Obama roused a crowd of an estimated 2,800 supporters and members of the public Wednesday morning at Arapahoe High School, ticking off her husband’s first-term accomplishments and urging attendees to work hard to get out the vote for a second.

“This feels like four more years,” Michelle Obama said as she neared the podium, rallying the the crowd who erupted into applause and bounced their Obama-Biden signs.

…. The first lady touched on key issues like the repeal “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” and the Affordable Care Act – encouraging the crowd to bring the issues to their friends and neighbors.

…. The day began early for many attendees, like Carol Short, 57, left her home in southwest Denver to stand in line at 6:30 a.m. Her early planning proved beneficial as the snake of audience members wound around Arapahoe High School.

“We’re one of the swing states,” Short said. “So we just have to push.”

Short and her friend Jeannie Raiola, 62, are both with the Communications Workers for America and volunteer for the Obama campaign through phone banking and door drops.

Full article here

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Michelle Obama at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado, June 20


205 Responses to “Colorado? Fired Up.”


  1. 1 donna dem 4 obama
    June 20, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Eat Your Heart Out Ann

  2. 10 desertflower
    June 20, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    :)!

  3. 11 desertflower
    June 20, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    I brought this over from the last thread…from Tally:

    Make sure to watch The Ed Show today – he’s going to have on a guy from the committee that is investigating F&F – can’t remember his name, but he was on Ed’s radio show this morning. He was explaining just how STUPID and IGNORANT OF THE CONSTITUTION Idiot Issa is, by asking for docs that are illegal to release. Issa basically wants to hold Holder in Contempt for NOT BREAKING THE LAW. And how OUT OF LINE Issa is for NOT going after A SINGLE DOC OR PERSON FROM THE BUSH YEARS WHO STARTED THE WHOLE THING.

    Issa has lost his fucking mind.

    Timeline:
    – Bush’s ATF & AZ admin started F&F
    – Agent got killed because it was a cluster fuck
    – Holder stops the program, and begins investigation
    – Issa begins investigating Holder…….. for what *really*?

    WHO IS ISSA TRYING TO PROTECT BY STOPPING HOLDER’S INVESTIGATION?

    And why are the media so fucking stupid/LYING about this???

    • 12 desertflower
      June 20, 2012 at 3:37 pm

      Another thing to watch is Ed from yesterday..he had a rep from CA on that was excellent. Last I checked, it wasn’t up on the site yet. I will check again and bring it here.

    • 13 COS
      June 20, 2012 at 3:39 pm

      So far this (F&F) is all that Randi Rhodes has discussed today.

      • 14 desertflower
        June 20, 2012 at 3:45 pm

        Yes…and the more she talks about it, the clearer it becomes that Republicans want no mention of the Bush team that started this…are angry that Holder actually got things done and stopped this and started prosecuting these guys and getting convictions.I think they want to keep Holder from digging deeper and finding something untoward about R’s in this operation. Holder is effective,and R’s are getting nervous.

        • 15 COS
          June 20, 2012 at 3:49 pm

          I love how Randi is explaining this is detail. I agree about AG Holder. He is not going to let them run over him. PBO has his back. They are a force to be reckoned with.

          • 16 desertflower
            June 20, 2012 at 4:03 pm

            I’m calling the DOJ today and letting them know that I support AG Holder. This is SUCH BS!

          • 17 prettyfoot58
            June 20, 2012 at 4:03 pm

            BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM THISSSSSSSSS!!!!!

          • 18 vitaminlover
            June 20, 2012 at 5:16 pm

            Looooove Obama.

          • 19 Geeja
            June 20, 2012 at 6:03 pm

            Randi is an unsung hero. She breaks all the issues down so that anyone can understand it, I love Randi! She is also a fighter,

            • 20 Zekke LyDonna
              June 20, 2012 at 7:21 pm

              Randi got trashed by the firebaggers, because during the 2008 Primary, she called Hillary Clinton a ‘political whore’ in her nightclub standup act. Air America went after her like Rethugs and FOX do. They got her black-balled from ‘progressive’ media outlets, and hounded her into quitting ‘Air America’. She was out of work for months. After she finally returned to the airwaves, she’s had to rebuild, starting with just a handful of stations. Total F**king Hack Job.

              Randi has always been one of the most honest, factual reporter-radio media person I have ever listened to. She has her s**t together, and will debate ANYBODY. Love Her. People like her need our support.

    • June 20, 2012 at 3:41 pm

      What do they say about the fox and the henhouse? Issa is a joke!

    • 25 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      June 20, 2012 at 3:48 pm

      Just so they know, we know ….

      Speaker Pelosi is clearly not pleased ….

      #PRESSON

    • 27 Obama Grandmama
      June 20, 2012 at 10:07 pm

      Rachel Maddow had a really good show about the Fast and Furious that explained the whole thing really well tonight.

  4. 28 ourmanflint
    June 20, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Are you ready to GO!!!!!!

  5. 29 Scott Urbanowski
    June 20, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Excellent! My aunt lives nearby in Littleton. She’s volunteered for campaigns before, so hopefully she’ll be able to volunteer for Obama this year!

  6. June 20, 2012 at 3:45 pm

  7. 32 PoliticalJunkessa
    June 20, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    When I heard PBO and Michelle in person last month, I must say, PBO was phenomenal, but something about Michelle had the crowd mesmerized. She really is dynamic on the stump. They are the ultimate partnership.

    • 33 anniebella
      June 20, 2012 at 4:00 pm

      PJ, the right wing knew that FLOTUS is what they call her,the President secret weapon. That was why they were attacking her like they were, and now they are trying to make Ann Romney into Mitt’s secret weapon, to that I say, bull sh*t. Ann Romney is just like her phony husband, a stuck up lying snob, who think she is better than anyone else. Am I to hash? I don’t think so.

      • 34 anniebella
        June 20, 2012 at 4:02 pm

        November 6th I want to send Ann Romney on a permanent vacation, where? That’s up to her and Mitt. But it won’t be the White House in D.C. hear me Hannity. You racists bastard.

      • 37 PoliticalJunkessa
        June 20, 2012 at 4:28 pm

        Right on, anniebella 🙂 .

        • 38 HZ
          June 20, 2012 at 5:18 pm

          Anniebella, I am just getting here, but hell yeah. I am sick and tired of the lying behinds talking heads need to back off and leave our FLOTUS alone. I am in pain, and I am sick and tired of these asses messing with my President and now starting this crap on our First Lady.

          I have tried to nice to Mrs. Ann, but she is working my freaking nerves now. She can take her darn horses and her lying husband and leave us the hell alone. Excuse me, I am just getting tired too soon of this crap with the Romneys. Now, I am done speaking.HZ

  8. 41 desertflower
    June 20, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Put this in the “no shit” pile…http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/06/20/502947/abortion-rate-drops/

    Because WOMEN can be trusted to do the right thing for themselves!!!

    • 42 HZ
      June 20, 2012 at 5:21 pm

      Thank you Desertflower. Done. Amen. Who do they think we are. I am sick of these low-life crap speaking people.HZ

    • 43 Zekke LyDonna
      June 20, 2012 at 7:26 pm

      The one logical questions never asked by most ‘media’ is, ‘If you don’t want people to get abortions, why do you want to stop them from taking birth-control?” Too logical?

  9. 44 Linda
    June 20, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    The Wall Street Journal’s Evan Perez reports that the Justice Department Inspector General’s probe of the botched ATF investigation known as Fast and Furious has led to a criminal investigation into the accidental disclosure of court-sealed wiretap applications.

    Perez reports that Joshua Levy, a lawyer for an ATF supervisor who oversaw the Arizona-based operation, “inadvertently included court-sealed material in a batch of documents he turned over to the congressional investigators.” Congressional staffers reportedly told Levy of his error but declined to return the documents.

    The mistaken disclosure stands in stark contrast to Rep. Darrell Issa’s account of how the Oversight Committee received sealed court documents. He said earlier this month that the documents came from “whistle-blowers that are tired of your stonewalling.” Issa claims the documents show that senior Justice Department officials were aware of the “gunwalking” tactics being used, an assertion disputed by Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and Attorney General Eric Holder, who is facing a contempt vote this afternoon.

    An Issa spokeswoman did not immediately respond to request for comment.

    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/

    • 45 desertflower
      June 20, 2012 at 4:05 pm

      I hope this backfires on these idiots like nobody’s business!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Everything they touch turns to shit.

      • 46 HZ
        June 20, 2012 at 5:25 pm

        Yes, indeed desertflower. And when the back firing happens, I hope the shit hits Issa’s ass right where he will never be able to produce his crap again. He is a pile of shit as it is. Sorry, these lying GOPers are working my last nerves. Issa is full of himself which is shit.HZ

    • 47 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      June 20, 2012 at 4:07 pm

      So, it’s Issa in contempt for lying!!! Fits his MO perfectly.

      #PRESSON

    • 49 susanne
      June 20, 2012 at 4:09 pm

      so the chair of the oversight committee can blatantly lie and the rethugs pat his head and throw him a biscuit.

  10. 50 utaustinliberal
    June 20, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Holy smokes! Look at that huge crowd. Look how excited they are.

    The child doing the “4 More Years” gesture is just so cute.

    Off to twitter to spread the joy. 🙂

  11. 51 japa21
    June 20, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Sorry to burst your bubble folks. This was obviously a flop. I heard that they can actually squeeze 2,825 people into that place, so obviously the enthusiasm isn’t really there. snark knoller where are yu?

    • June 20, 2012 at 4:07 pm

      Japa, your mind is waaaaaay too similar to Snark’s, it’s a worry 😆

      • 53 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
        June 20, 2012 at 4:10 pm

        😀 😀 😀 Oh Chips!!!! That space that that arrow is pointing is barely big enough for an infant to fit 😀 😀 😀

        • 54 Pamela
          June 20, 2012 at 4:52 pm

          For sure too small for Knollers big tush! Oops, there I go again, what is wrong with me today? ;(

      • June 20, 2012 at 4:11 pm

        I love Snarky——and the arrow!

        • 56 anniebella
          June 20, 2012 at 4:34 pm

          Was Chuck Todd there counting the crowd? Isn’t it funny when Mitt speaks before 100, or 200, or 900, Chuckie Todd never question poor Mitt crowd size. What it means? But let him see an empty seat at President Obama event and it’s doom and gloom.

      • 57 Vicki
        June 20, 2012 at 5:42 pm

        Best laugh today, after Colberts dancing horse. Thanks, Snark.

      • 58 cindysweatt
        June 20, 2012 at 9:51 pm

        OMG it was so crowded people couldn’t move. Standing out side before it was pretty cold. Inside it was sweltering. I think that tiny space was where a SS officer had been standing and when he moved it took a moment to fill in. I am surprised that they let so many people in. There were afew empty seats up behind the flag! Not only was the crowd huge it was fired up! Pretty darn good for a Wed. Morning in a swing state! We will totally be swinging for Barack Obama if it is the last thing I do!!!!!

  12. 59 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    June 20, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Dear friends,

    You know who is really, really, really upset with this teabagging idiot Issa?

    GW Bush – you betcha.

    I can just imagine the smile on President Obama and AG Holder’s faces.

    At some point, probably not to many moments from now the President will walk to the podium in the Rose Garden with AG Holder and explain to the public a few simple facts: GW Bush started the program; as with most everything GW Bush touched, it turned to shit and someone died; AG Holder halted the program and investigated it.

    Not a good day for GW Bush. Not a good day for #BainMitt, either.

    #PRESSON

    • 60 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      June 20, 2012 at 4:04 pm

      Sorry for typo – ‘…not too many …’ ^^^

    • 61 desertflower
      June 20, 2012 at 4:07 pm

      Bob…we are SOOOOOOOOOOOOO on the same page. I hadn’t seen your comment, but look at mine above:) Yes, everything they touch turns to shit. PBO and his Administration is just too good at their jobs…and the RW is scared that they will be found out for their utter lies and incompetence

      • 62 daisydem
        June 20, 2012 at 4:15 pm

        You are all making me wonder just how much and what Holder will find out … I hope Bush and Cheney and the whole administration is very afraid.

        • 63 desertflower
          June 20, 2012 at 4:33 pm

          I hope they are too….POS’s that they are.

          • 64 HZ
            June 20, 2012 at 5:37 pm

            Trust me, we all are not off on this. If POB and AGHolder could tell this asses what they really want to say, they would, so I will say it for them. GW and Cheney should be shaking in their damn shoes about now. Their asses should be under the jail.

            AG Holder and POB are on to this crap. And trust me, AG Holder is a decent man and is our POTUS, and these shit heads know that their behinds should be in jail some place. Hell, it was AG Holder who stopped this shit that W started. And what about the AG in W’s administration who Issa and his lying ass friends did not even attempt to bring to the committee. They need to STFU and leave AG Holder and POTUS alone.

            We will rock their asses out of office on Nov. 6, 2012. Nancy will have the gavel back and we will have the House back and Harry will have a solid Senate. Now that is what we are going to do and keep moving over these lying asses. Now I am done speaking on this one.

            Hell these sorry ass people have me going through all of my pain medicine today. No, I am fine, I am sorry if I have offended anyone, but my Zen space has just be invaded by Isaa’s ass. It will Not happen again, I promise you that much.HZ

  13. June 20, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    That crowd was loving Michelle! And that crowd does indeed make Willard’s sparse gatherings look really bleak. I think I’m going to believe my own eyes and confidently state that many, many people LOVE the Obamas. I’m talkin’ all out joyful love. There is no doubt there is a hateful segment, but I believe it is insignificant compared to the vast majority of decent American people. I am increasingly encouraged.

  14. 68 utaustinliberal
    June 20, 2012 at 4:13 pm

  15. June 20, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Contempt vote in progress.

  16. 76 utaustinliberal
    June 20, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    This GOP guy on twitter just made the wrong move trying to question Pres. Obama’s record and make me feel ashamed about supporting PBO? Hahahahahahaha. I’ve been tweeting him facts and he can’t refute them. He’s stuttering trying to pathetically defend Romney. Take a look.

    • 77 utaustinliberal
      June 20, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    • 91 desertflower
      June 20, 2012 at 4:45 pm

      UT …those “jobs bills” that the House passed are all deregulation bills!

      3-9-2012: The House spent all day Thursday debating H.R. 3606, the “Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act”. It is better known as the “Reopening American Capital Markets to Emerging Growth Companies Act”. What it actually is, is a financial market deregulation bill. What it REALLY is, is a fake jobs bill. No jobs were created.

      3-12-2012: Last Friday, March 9th, members of the House attended a hearing in Saranac Lake, NY, to discuss a farm bill. No jobs were created.

      On Monday, March 12th, the House has scheduled a single hearing on (Are you ready?) “Explosion of Federal Regulations Threatening Jobs and Economic Survival in the West”… in Elko Nevada. DAMN those regulations! No jobs were created.

      3-23-2012: For the past two days the House has been debating H.R. 5, the “HEALTH” bill, which is actually about tort reform. No jobs were created.

      4-20-2012: The House passed “The Small Business Tax Cut Act” (H.R. 9) but they might as well have named the bill “Ponies For Everyone” because it wasn’t about small business, and it will never pass the Senate. No jobs were created today.

      6-1-2012: Another day, another abortion bill. This time the “Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act.” Which was designed to stop abortions based on sex or race. Seriously. It failed. Apart from that bit of nonsense the day was one long last-minute rush to pass bills that pay the bills. No jobs were created.

      -8-2012: The House passed a bill to repeal a new exise tax on medical devices. The GOP refers to this as a “jobs bill”. Another waste of time as the Senate will not consider the bill.

      6-11-2012: On Friday the House voted to cut funding for Open World Leadership Center, the Congressional Research Service, and the Washington Botanic Garden. But, on the bright side, they voted themselves funds to print some snazzy new pocket-sized editions of the U.S. Constitution to hand out to constituents. As always, no jobs were created.

      AH, screw it!! Maybe he should just send him this:

      http://www.republicanjobcreation.com/

  17. 92 vcprezofan2
    June 20, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Good Afternoon Chips & TODville! I’m home early AND I can work from home tomorrow. What a life! Now I can see what you`ve all been up to`. 😆 😆 Off I go to peruse today`s posts.

    • 93 Pamela
      June 20, 2012 at 4:57 pm

      Yo! {{{{{{{{{VC}}}}}}}}}. I am in a wee break, lady has gone down to PT. Can’t stay long….. Have a lovely day at home tomorrow, I am sooooo envious! Maybe I’ll try to take off Saturday or Sunday…..

      • 94 vcprezofan2
        June 20, 2012 at 5:06 pm

        Hello, Pamela! 😆 Good to see you while it’s still daytime. 😉 I definitely intend to enjoy tomorrow, ‘working’ to stay on top of things (here). I already did a small part of tomorrow’s paid work before leaving today so that I’ll have more time to keep an eye on you all. Saturday or Sunday for yourself would be a great start on that new regime you’ve been toying with in your mind! 😆 😆

  18. 95 Tally
    June 20, 2012 at 4:37 pm

  19. June 20, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Still think it’s PBO’s fault he can’t get his message out?

    • 97 donna dem 4 obama
      June 20, 2012 at 4:42 pm

      BAM there it is!

    • 99 desertflower
      June 20, 2012 at 4:46 pm

      SO WHAT ARE THEY GOING TO DO ABOUT THAT?????????????? (MSM?)

    • 101 donna dem 4 obama
      June 20, 2012 at 4:51 pm

      I’m retweeting this to all these talking heads.

    • 103 susanne
      June 20, 2012 at 5:05 pm

      and now the media will make this a big news headline, right?

      • 104 susanne
        June 20, 2012 at 5:08 pm

        sorry, i don’t do sarcasm well. it’s aggravating that there is so much evidence, factual evidence, of the media’s parroting of rw talking points, and still folks are glued to their tv news and force-fed lies. i know the tod tweeters are working hard to counter that!!

        • June 20, 2012 at 5:23 pm

          It’s actually really depressing to think about all the power they have and how they’re using it to brainwash generations.

    • 106 EricFive
      June 20, 2012 at 5:23 pm

      Thank you for this info Meta.

    • June 20, 2012 at 5:33 pm

      DUH! Isn’t that what most of us have been saying all along?????

    • 108 nathkatun7
      June 20, 2012 at 6:43 pm

      The evidence that confirms that the U.S. media have become a propaganda arm of the GOP keep mounting. Instead of attacking PBO on so called messaging we should, as this blog is doing, focus on different ways to bypass and neutralize the mainstream media.

      • 110 Zekke LyDonna
        June 20, 2012 at 8:11 pm

        I have gotten so sick of Dems blaming PBO for not doing the Media’s job. They want him to do EVERYTHING. Many think he should be able to just push through legislation and/or sign ExecutiveOrders, to force the ‘liberal’ agenda. I am tired of hearing about their ‘disappointment’. These are some of the MOST ungrateful, whiney, wanna-rule-the-world-but-have-no-strategy ‘friends’ PBO has.
        F**K that. F**K Them.

    • 111 Cha
      June 20, 2012 at 7:07 pm

      Of course, “the media” assisssted the gopricks. The media is a gopropaganda machine. Thankfully, there’s a Pew Study to verify it AND It Can Be Tweeted to those like UT’s “Jake Shade”.

    • 112 Zekke LyDonna
      June 20, 2012 at 8:00 pm

      No Shit!

  20. June 20, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Posted at 03:15 PM ET, 06/20/2012
    TheWashingtonPost
    The Fed punts
    By Jonathan Bernstein

    If you’re following the political blogs today, what you’re seeing is mostly the Fast and Furious fuss up on the Hill, and more on the Veepstakes. Neither is likely to affect the November elections — or, for that matter, the lives of most Americans.

    What will? The Federal Reserve’s decision today to hold steady for the time being, instead of easing monetary policy policy in response to recent signs of weakening in the economy. In other words, the Fed is not doing anything new to get people back to work.

    The reviews (mostly over twitter so far) from liberal and centrist economists and economy-watchers have not been kind. It’s summarized in the first two questions to Fed Chair Ben Bernanke at his afternoon press conference: “You’ve downgraded the outlook a lot, but not done much. Why?” In other words, the Fed board agrees that the economy needs help, but for whatever reason has chosen not to provide it, at least right now.

    The point here is that there’s plenty that the Fed could do, and for better or worse they are the only game in town, given that Congress is not going to do anything helpful, certainly not until after the election. That’s a long time for Americans who are suffering from the continued downturn to wait.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/the-fed-punts/2012/06/20/gJQAvWdnqV_blog.html

  21. June 20, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Boehner and Cantor ——

  22. 117 Linda
    June 20, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) announced Wednesday that the full House would consider a resolution finding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress next week. The House Oversight Committe voted Wednesday afternoon to find Holder in contempt because they allege he failed to turn over documents related to the committee’s investigation into the botched ATF operation known as Fast and Furious.

    Their joint statement:

    “Despite being given multiple opportunities to provide the documents necessary for Congress’ investigation into Fast and Furious, Attorney General Holder continues to stonewall. Today, the Administration took the extraordinary step of exerting executive privilege over documents that the Attorney General had already agreed to provide to Congress. Fast and Furious was a reckless operation that led to the death of an American border agent, and the American people deserve to know the facts to ensure that nothing like this ever happens again. While we had hoped it would not come to this, unless the Attorney General reevaluates his choice and supplies the promised documents, the House will vote to hold him in contempt next week. If, however, Attorney General Holder produces these documents prior to the scheduled vote, we will give the Oversight Committee an opportunity to review in hopes of resolving this issue.”

    • 118 Tally
      June 20, 2012 at 5:11 pm

      And if Holder releases unreleasable documents, he could be arrested.

      The GOP House can go fuck itself with a flaming sword.

    • 119 susanne
      June 20, 2012 at 5:13 pm

      house squeaker boner announced the news media are instructed to talk endlessly about this trumped-up garbage, and they are not to mention the president’s successful international intervention with russia and syria. and they’re reeeeeaalllly not allowed to mention those pesky documents demonstrating how gwb and friends bungled and snoozed, creating the opening for obl to bomb america.

  23. 120 anniebella
    June 20, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    UT, we support President Obama because we believe he wants to help the middle class, help the poor reach the middle class, and even see the rich succeed. We believe he is a caring kind heart person, who loves his family, who has compassion for those who is without. Unlike the Republicans, they support Mitt Romney because of their hatred for President Obama. Mitt Romney is a lying phony, but they have to try to turn him into something he is not, which is honest real person. They had to settle for Mitt Romney. No wonder the creep went silent.

  24. June 20, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Moveon. Org Is holding a vote requiring 2/3 voter approval.
    Should we endorse Obama?
    Duh!
    I would like to see that side by side with-
    Should we endorse Romney?

  25. 128 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    June 20, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    AG Holder’s statement just released:

    Statement of Attorney General Eric Holder on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Vote

    Attorney General Eric Holder issued the following statement today:

    “In recent months, the Justice Department has made unprecedented accommodations to respond to information requests by Chairman Issa about misguided law enforcement tactics that began in the previous administration and allowed illegal guns to be taken into Mexico. Department professionals have spent countless hours compiling and providing thousands of documents — nearly 8,000 — to Chairman Issa and his committee. My staff has had numerous meetings with congressional staff to try and accommodate these requests and yesterday, I met with Chairman Issa to offer additional internal Department documents and information that would satisfy what he identified as the Committee’s single outstanding question.

    “Unfortunately, Chairman Issa has rejected all of these efforts to reach a reasonable accommodation. Instead, he has chosen to use his authority to take an extraordinary, unprecedented and entirely unnecessary action, intended to provoke an avoidable conflict between Congress and the Executive Branch. This divisive action does not help us fix the problems that led to this operation or previous ones and it does nothing to make any of our law enforcement agents safer. It’s an election-year tactic intended to distract attention — and, as a result — has deflected critical resources from fulfilling what remains my top priority at the Department of Justice: Protecting the American people.

    “Simply put, any claims that the Justice Department has been unresponsive to requests for information are untrue. From the beginning, Chairman Issa and certain members of the Committee have made unsubstantiated allegations first, then scrambled for facts to try to justify them later. That might make for good political theater, but it does little to uncover the truth or address the problems associated with this operation and prior ones dating back to the previous Administration.

    “I have spent most of my career in law enforcement and worked closely with brave agents who put their lives on the line every day. I know the sacrifices they make, so as soon as allegations of gunwalking came to my attention – and well before Chairman Issa expressed any interest in this issue — I ordered the practice stopped. I made necessary personnel changes in the Department’s leadership and instituted policy changes to ensure better oversight of significant investigations. And, I directed the Department’s Inspector General to open a comprehensive investigation. That investigation is ongoing, and the American people and Congress can count on it to produce a tough, independent review of the facts.

    “When Chairman Issa later began his own investigation, I made it clear that the Department would cooperate with all appropriate oversight requests, while still adhering to our legal obligations to protect information involving ongoing law enforcement investigations, legally-protected grand jury material and other sensitive information whose disclosure would endanger the American people or our agents investigating open cases.

    “The American people deserve better. That is why, I will remain focused on, and committed to, the Justice Department’s mission to protect the rights, safety, and best interests of my fellow citizens and to stand by my brave colleagues in law enforcement.”

    http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2012/June/12-ag-776.html

    #PRESSON

    • 129 Pamela
      June 20, 2012 at 5:04 pm

      Dear Attorney General Holder, you are doing a remarkable job, and we stand with you. Thank you for this succinct and positive message in which the integrity of the DOJ, with you at it’s head, is unquestionable.

    • 130 susanne
      June 20, 2012 at 5:19 pm

      oooh! love this part:
      ‘from the beginning, chairman issa and certain members of the committee have made unsubstantiated allegations first, then scrambled for facts to try to justify them later. that might make for good political theater, but it does little to uncover the truth or address the problems associated with this operation and prior ones dating back to the previous administration.’

    • 131 Tally
      June 20, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    • 132 Ceb
      June 20, 2012 at 6:57 pm

      AG Holder is a wickedly smart, “grown-ass” Black man who has his shit together and who is not afraid of these mofos. This is what they cannot handle. The days of eyes down, “yassuh massa” are long gone. These unreconstructed bigots have had their day. They need to move out of the way before our society’s forward march mows them over and under.

  26. 133 vcprezofan2
    June 20, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Cool and ‘alive’ pictures, with a good cross section of Americans. Way to go FLOTUS!

  27. June 20, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Joe had a fundraiser in California today, while shaking hands, Parents told The VP that their daughter just graduated College and was a big suppoerter. So, Joe called Her…-

    http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2012/06/granite-bay-woman-gets-surprise-phone-call-from-joe-biden.html

  28. June 20, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    This Issa dude is a real piece of hateful, retaliatory poo. His biography is real sketchy, to put it nicely——full of lies, lies about his military service, lies about his military evaluation, criminal charges of thefts and mysterious fires—-none of which were his fault, of course. Managed to accumulate a boatload of money from car alarm businesses—-hundreds of millions— one of the wealthiest in Congress, if not THE wealthiest. Corruption charges of legislating for personal gain while in Congress. Mother is Mormon, interestingly, father Lebanese.
    Again we are reminded of what a turning point that 2010 election was—–all the people who sat on their butts and didn’t bother to vote, all those who discouraged Dems from voting because of no pony—-the media who aired all the tea party crud with no challenge——all share blame for all this ugliness—–all the obstruction and putting the worst people in charge of all these committees and control of the House.

  29. 143 donna dem 4 obama
    June 20, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    We need to make this trend on twitter. #IsupportAGHolder

    • 145 anniebella
      June 20, 2012 at 6:46 pm

      Our First Lady and Presidents appreciate the hard working fire fighters. It was so nice that the First Lady mention the fire fighters fighting that terrible fire in Colorado. Mitt Romney wants to fire folks like that. and he think they are non Americans.

  30. June 20, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Senate lawmakers on Wednesday blocked a GOP-led effort to scuttle Environmental Protection Agency regulations that mandate cuts in mercury pollution and other toxic emissions from coal-fired power plants.

    The 46-53 vote against Sen. James Inhofe’s (R-Okla.) resolution staves off what would have been a stinging election-year rebuke of the White House green agenda.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/e2-wire/233795-bid-to-kill-epa-coal-plant-rules-thwarted-in-senate

  31. 150 desertflower
    June 20, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Bush…”money trumps peace sometimes” I forgot about this……….

  32. 151 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    June 20, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Obstruction & Charade

    Many more recipients in my TL …

    #AmericaThisIsNotATest

    #PRESSON

  33. 152 utaustinliberal
    June 20, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    I’m grinning and blushing like crazy. Lis Smith just complimented me for going after the GOP troll. College Kay tweeted Lis Smith about my firmly correcting the GOP troll – see tweets up thread – and Lis Smith just responded. 😀 😀 😀

    Thank you TOD for retweeting my tweets. You all rock! 😀

  34. 163 desertflower
    June 20, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    Take the BULLIES OUT OF THE CONGRESS IN NOV!!! When these people trash policeman, FF, teachers, public workers and fan the flames of hate and divisiveness, with no urgency to work for a better America for ALL…it’s really past time to send them ALL PACKING!

  35. June 20, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    • 166 anniebella
      June 20, 2012 at 5:45 pm

      I sent a email to the worst speaker ever, and ask him why isn’t he voting on the bipartisan Transportation bill pass by the Senate which could put many Americans back to work? I ask him where are the jobs he promise he was going to focus on?

  36. 167 Tally
    June 20, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Because I need to SMILE!!!

  37. 169 Liberal Librarian
    June 20, 2012 at 5:34 pm

  38. June 20, 2012 at 5:34 pm

  39. 172 Tally
    June 20, 2012 at 5:37 pm

  40. 173 Tally
    June 20, 2012 at 5:39 pm

  41. 179 desertflower
    June 20, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entries/obama-super-pac-has-best-fundraising-month

    There are signs that Democrats are starting to open their wallets to Democratic-leaning super PACs, which have struggled to match the fundraising pace of Republican-leaning groups. Priorities USA Action, the super PAC supporting President Obama’s reelection, announced it raised $4 million in May, the group’s best fundraising month to date.

  42. June 20, 2012 at 5:49 pm

  43. 182 utaustinliberal
    June 20, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    I am such an Obamabot. I got every question correct about “The Obamas” section presented by FL Michelle Obama on Jeopardy! 😀

  44. 185 Linda
    June 20, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Cummings: Holder Contempt Vote Would Make Boehner Amongst ‘Most Extreme Speakers In History’

    House Oversight Committee Ranking Member Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) issued this statement on the vote to Holder Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress:

    “What we just witnessed was an extreme, virtually unprecedented action based on election year politics rather than fact,” said Cummings. “Even in the face of an assertion of executive privilege, the Republicans didn’t even pause to consider the law and instead decided to take this extreme step.

    “The House has never held an Attorney General in contempt, and the only precedent for what this Committee did today was in the 1990s when then-Chairman Burton held Janet Reno in contempt. It was so extreme that even then-Speaker Newt Gingrich refused to bring it the floor for a vote. If Speaker Boehner brings this contempt citation to the floor, he will be known as one of the most extreme Speakers in history.”

    As TPM previously reported, Boehner previously opposed a contempt vote because the DOJ Inspector General had not completed its investigation. An IG report on Fast and Furious is still pending.

  45. 186 desertflower
    June 20, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    Extreme AND INCOMPETENT…what a dubious distinction!! How fitting for him! Is he up for re election this year? Nothing would please me more.

  46. June 20, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Romney isn’t going to get much of a warm reception from the NAACP when he goes to speak to them after this episode today in congress.

  47. June 20, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    200 people at new office opening here in Largo Florida.
    Yup!

  48. June 20, 2012 at 6:27 pm

  49. 198 prettyfoot58
    June 20, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    @RevAl is on FIREEEEEEEEE!!!!

  50. 200 desertflower
    June 20, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/06/20/503226/american-action-forum-prison-rape/

    Sorry, am I the only one that sees the “strange” in this?

    Right Wing Group: Protections To Prevent Prison Rape Are Too ‘Costly’ And ‘Heavy-Handed’

    A right-wing “think tank” released a report today criticizing the Obama administration’s new anti-prison rape protections as a “burden” that is too “costly” and “heavy-handed.”
    This week, the Department of Justice published new standards addressing the epidemic of rape and sexual abuse in our nation’s prisons. The guidelines, which apply immediately to federal prisons and give financial incentives for states to comply, are a laudable, widely praised, and long overdue step in combating rape in the United States.
    The American Action Forum, a Wall Street-funded group whose C(4) runs millions of dollars in attack ads against Democrats, responded by lambasting the move as too “costly” and “complicated.” From their report:

    Wonder if these RWNJ’s were in prison, where they should be, if they would still say the same thing??

    Another DOJ good job!

  51. 202 Liberal Librarian
    June 20, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Twitter is teaching me Zen patience. I don’t respond to every troll seeking attention and the validation of an argument. God, am I growing up?

    • June 20, 2012 at 6:52 pm

      Oh LL, teach me Zen patience – please!!

      • 204 Liberal Librarian
        June 20, 2012 at 6:54 pm

        Eh, I have a libertarian who wants to engage about “Wide Receiver” and “Fast and Furious”. I’ve basically left his tweet unanswered. Working on a new piece for TPV, which I consider to be more important.

        Actually, Milt Shook at PCTC had a GREAT piece up a couple of weeks ago about how to deal with Twitter bullies. Basically, DON’T. You won’t get through to them. They don’t want to engage in reasoned debate, but just pummel you. What they want is the attention. Starving them of that is the best thing you can do.


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