Rise and Shine


Boston.com: Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren lambasted Republican Mitt Romney as she introduced his general election opponent, President Obama, at a Boston fund-raiser.

….. Warren told a full house at Symphony Hall: “Mitt Romney tells us, in his own words, he believes corporations are people. No, Mitt, corporations are NOT people. People have hearts. They have kids. They get jobs. They get sick. They love and they cry and they dance. They live and they die. Learn the difference.”

…. “Mitt, learn this,” she added. “We don’t run this country for corporations; we run it for people.”

…. In opening her remarks, Warren paid tribute to Obama …. “He fought for you, students and seniors, homeowners and veterans, community banks and credit unions, and for everyone who plays by the rules,” she said.

“Big banks and Republicans fought tooth-and-nail against us,” she said. “They vowed this agency would never become law. And when the money poured in, when the pressure mounted against us, and when we were on the ropes, President Obama stood firm.”

“He planted his feet, he squared his shoulders, and he said, ‘We will stop the cheating, we will stop the trick and traps, and we will level the playing field for working families.’”

More here

Symphony Hall, Boston, June 25


Fosters: How he’ll top future birthdays is a mystery after receiving birthday wishes on Monday from the president himself.

When Bob Noble, 73, and his wife, Betty, decided to stop for lunch at the University of New Hampshire Dairy Bar after listening to President Barack Obama deliver a campaign speech at Oyster River High School, they had no idea that Obama would be in the mood for ice cream.

“He came in and shook hands with everybody,” said Noble, calling the president’s company an “awesome visit.”

It was Noble’s first brush with fame or anyone notable, he said, though that wasn’t why he and his wife attended the speech.

“I didn’t go to him because he’s famous. I went to him because I think he’s doing a heck of a good job,” he explained.

Noble and his wife have two sons who attended school at UNH and who are now successful in their fields, he said. They are products of a man whose own father was an illegal immigrant from Spain in 1910, and when Noble hears other presidential candidates talk of immigration, it really hits home.

“When Romney talks about deportation it’s kind of like a knife in my heart,” he said.

With Obama, who he was thrilled to see take the time to speak with everyone who was present, Noble said, “what you see is what you get.”

More here


9:05: President Obama departs Boston en route Atlanta

11:15: Arrives Atlanta

11:30: VP Biden delivers remarks at a campaign event in Waterloo, Iowa (live coverage)

1:25: PBO delivers remarks at a campaign event at the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel (live coverage)

1:45: Michelle Obama delivers remarks at campaign event in Chicago

2:10: PBO attends a campaign event at the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel (closed press)

3:15: Michelle Obama joins Illinois Governor Pat Quinn at the Illinois National Guard Armory in Chicago as he signs into law the ‘Military Family Licensing Act’.

3:35: PBO departs Atlanta en route Miami

5:10: PBO arrives in Miami

5:45: PBO attends a campaign event (private residence)

6:00: Michelle Obama delivers remarks at campaign event in Chicago

8:30: PBO delivers remarks at a campaign event at The Fillmore Miami Beach (live coverage)

9:45: Departs Miami en route Joint Base Andrews

12:10 Arrives at the White House


Morning everyone 😉

149 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    June 26, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Dia uit = Good day, Chips Chica! Good Morning/Evening/Night to all TODobots the world over!

  2. 19 ChristiMTL
    June 26, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Morning Chips and everyone…….

    • 20 vcprezofan2
      June 26, 2012 at 8:51 am

      Bonjour, Christi! Good to see you up and running. 😉

      • 21 vcprezofan2
        June 26, 2012 at 8:54 am

        Morning Symmetry, Africa and EVERYONE! It’s already a great Tuesday! 😀 Chips Chica could I have the two YOUNG well-dressed Americans listening attentively to the Pres last night? Please, if you haven’t already made a choice. 😆

      • 22 ChristiMTL
        June 26, 2012 at 8:54 am

        Bonjour mon amie….I’m still in shock that you are first lol….it’s been a while no?….

        • 23 vcprezofan2
          June 26, 2012 at 9:14 am

          Sssh! Tais-toi! 😉 😉
          This was patient reconnoitering on the Twitter. I saw you there but didn’t want to ‘risk’ saying hi because then I would have gone on and on and miss Chips passing by.

          • 24 ChristiMTL
            June 26, 2012 at 9:19 am

            lol for this ”but didn’t want to ‘risk’ saying hi”

            Now I’m trying to figure out what the word ”reconnoitering” is………..

            • 25 vcprezofan2
              June 26, 2012 at 9:29 am

              Basically, spying on (enemy) territory to determine how best to approach them or to see what they’re up to. A gathering of info, a kind of rendez-vous when they don’t know you are there. 😉 😉

  3. 27 Roberta in MN
    June 26, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Good Morning Congrats VC and Christi, just got the notice and you gys were already there. Smart ladies. Hope everybody had a good night.
    Trying to figure out how to post a couple of pictures to the TOd sight from our meeting in Rochester, MN OFA opening. Can anyone help me?

  4. 33 LOL
    June 26, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Chips…this is the new ad from the campaign

  5. June 26, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Wow. That schedule for all three — POTUS, VEEP and FLOTUS — is a doozie: They are taking it to the people, while Mitt is taking it to the greedy corporations. Go figure.

  6. June 26, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Hello TODville, hope everyone is doing well (nods to Mayor Chips, waves to everyone).
    Surveys the village for any new decorative/sprucing up changes. Okay, everything looks to be in its place…know all the twists and turns.
    (Mutters to self…hope it stays that way…cause I took a wrong turn and ran into a Lab, thought it belonged to Jovie, went to pat it…turns out it was one of those “sent to heckle POB supporters hounds from hell.” It nearly took my hand off but when I let it in on the secret that “he who spews lies,” likes to strap dogs to the roof of cars, it went bounding off).
    Still blaming VC and Amk for thrashing the place in the first (grudingly admits t self that she likes changes). 😛

    • 40 vcprezofan2
      June 26, 2012 at 9:18 am

      Me?? Why does innocent little me get blamed so often? I have hardly even been here, unless you think CC made changes to lure me away from work! 😉 😉 Good to see you, CJ! Enjoy your evening/night.

      • June 26, 2012 at 9:24 am

        WTG snagging 1st there VC…well as for the blame, it is either you and/or amk…just saying 😛
        Wishing you a great day…it’s hittng 15:30 here for me so I need to go get a run in before finding balance at yoga practice.

        • 42 vcprezofan2
          June 26, 2012 at 9:32 am

          Alright, find a little extra balance for me, please. My yoga forays, like my exercise, usually last for 3-4 weeks before I take a break lasting months.

          Have a good run, and we’ll see you later!

  7. 43 Ladyhawke
    June 26, 2012 at 9:02 am



    Mitt Romney honestly thinks the lessons of the last decade were govern like Bush/Cheney and campaign like Palin


  8. 51 japa21
    June 26, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Damn it, once again the enthusiasm is definitely lower this time around. I swear I saw 2 seats that didn’t have people in them. Now, you may want to tell me the people from those seats were taking a restroom break, but true PBO supporters would rather pee in their pants than miss a second of him. Therefore, I can only assume that the President has lost his mojo.

  9. 54 Ladyhawke
    June 26, 2012 at 9:12 am

    (This is just hilarious.)



    Well, SCOTUS punted a few days down the road. We’re left to our own devices for a few days. Thursday it is! But since Indiana GOP Senate candidate Richard Mourdock accidentally hit publish on his pre-taped YouTube videos (with a few different outcomes), Stephen Colbert thought he’d do the same … with hilarious results.



    • 55 AJ
      June 26, 2012 at 10:47 am

      omg, Ladyhawke, thank god no one could hear me laughing like a madwoman at that….Colbert is just brilliant.

      • 56 joanshaw
        June 26, 2012 at 12:41 pm

        Well, here’s a question from TOD’s #1 Naif — did Mourdock actually put that on YouTube? Anyone?

  10. 57 ChristiMTL
    June 26, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Does she has a book to sell or something? She’s everywhere…..

    Rice Hits Obama’s Foreign Policy: ‘The United States Can’t Lead From Behind’

    How insulting coming from her

    • 58 57andfemale
      June 26, 2012 at 9:30 am

      VEEP. I think she’s running for the VP slot.

      Mitt has ZERO foreign policy experience. Now, I’m unsure how a black woman would fare with the racists, but that may be a calculation Mitt’s crack team of vetters might overlook. A woman. A black woman. A Republican woman. Foreign policy ‘experience’ (if you count the calamities and the thousands of dead bodies left in her wake, I guess that’s ‘experience’.

      My husband doesn’t think they’d ever pick a black woman. I’m not so sure.

      • 59 ChristiMTL
        June 26, 2012 at 9:35 am

        It’s either her or Pawlenty……I can’t think of anyone else really

        • 60 57andfemale
          June 26, 2012 at 9:56 am

          Rob Portman,OH. But I’m thinking Condi. I really am.

          • 61 carolyn
            June 26, 2012 at 10:54 am

            Several reasons Condi won’t be it from what I read and observe:
            1. The Republican establishment won’t go for another woman this time. As I’ve read, they said “Palin poisoned the well.”
            2. Mitt Romney is a Mormon; women are second class people to Mormons; black people only became classified as people in the 1970s to Mormons. His discomfort would be too great.
            3. If she were the pick, as soon as she was picked, all attention would leave Mittens and go to her. She would totally outshine him. He cannot take that. He is not so stupid as not to know this would happen.
            4. She would be easy pickings for the Democrats: think the daily briefing about Osama which she and GWB discounted and resulted in 9/11.
            5. She would remind too many people of GWB’s administration, which the Republicans are desperately trying to get the country to forget.
            6. She is not a campaigner. She has operated in a little protected bubble, from Birmingham on.
            7. They thought having Palin would bring the women who voted for Hilary on board. They were wrong! Condi will bring neither women nor other minorities.

            Mitt has lived in an all white, all rich world all his life. He cannot operate on a different level. That reporter from Politico was absolutely correct, as we all know. I’ve known many Mormons and worked with them, and the women are definitely in second place. In Mormon theology, a woman cannot go to heaven on her own. She has to be married, sealed, to a Mormon man, and he can pull her in. That is not a joke, that is their belief.

            • 62 57andfemale
              June 26, 2012 at 5:28 pm

              That’s not a religion. It’s a cult. A woman can’t get to heaven without a husband? Who the hell lives like that in the 21st century?

      • June 26, 2012 at 10:42 am

        Not in a million years.

        • 64 57andfemale
          June 26, 2012 at 5:29 pm

          Don’t misunderstand me. I think she’d be a disaster (and a huge win for our side). I’m just trying to crawl into the Willard-brain. God, I feel icky.

      • 65 miss pat
        June 26, 2012 at 11:08 am

        Your husband is right. She will not get one vote in the deep south.
        I think Sarah Palin will be the best bet. She is like the genie that’s out of the bottle and can’t get back in. Might as well use her for entertainment purposes since Willard Mitt is not going to win no matter who he chooses. Dumb and Dumber running up the stage together…. What fun!

    • June 26, 2012 at 9:33 am

      She’s got some nerve. Mitt goes the way of McCain, pick a black woman and think he will get black vote. Her foreign policy experience is fraught with failure. Not going to work.

    • 67 anniebella
      June 26, 2012 at 10:47 am

      Hay Condi, remember Iraq and that other war your buddy got us in, were he abandon to invade Iraq. Do you call that leadership? Just because you think you are smart doesn’t mean you are Ms. Condi.

    • 68 Cha
      June 26, 2012 at 4:37 pm

      She’s so fucking stupid except if you’re a fox news brainwashed victim and then she’s fucking brilliant.

  11. 69 donna dem 4 obama
    June 26, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Good Morning TOD

    Phenomenal Rise and Shine Ms. Chips!

  12. 71 amk for obama
    June 26, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Good evening folks.

    A quick joke and then off to dinner with my sis.

    n reaching his plane seat a man is surprised to see a parrot strapped in next to him. He asks the stewardess for a coffee where upon the parrot squawks “And get me a whisky you cow!” The stewardess, flustered, brings back a whisky for the parrot and forgets the coffee.

    When this omission is pointed out to her the parrot drains its glass and bawls “And get me another whisky you idiot”. Quite upset, the girl comes back shaking with another whisky but still no coffee.

    Unaccustomed to such slackness the man tries the parrot’s approach “I’ve asked you twice for a coffee, go and get it now or I’ll kick you”.

    The next moment, both he and the parrot have been wrenched up and thrown out of the emergency exit by two burly stewards. Plunging downwards the parrot turns to him and says “For someone who can’t fly, you complain too much!”


    Ok, one more

    A burglar broke into a home and was looking around. He heard a soft voice say, “Jesus is watching you”. Thinking it was just his imagination, he continued his search. Again the voice said “Jesus is watching you”. He turned his flashlight around and saw a parrot in a cage.

    He asked the parrot if he was the one talking and the parrot said, “yes.”

    He asked the parrot what his name was and the parrot said, “Moses.”

    The burglar asked, “what kind of people would name a parrot Moses?”

    The parrot said, “the same kind of people who would name their pit bull Jesus”.

  13. June 26, 2012 at 9:26 am

    What’s Really Going On At The University of Virginia? ~ dog’s eye view

    Have you been watching the attempted coup at the University of Virginia? The Board of Visitors has attempted to oust UVa’s president. The Board is comprised primarily of big campaign donors to the previous and current governors, Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican Bob McDonnell. There is no UVa faculty representative, and one non-voting student member. The rest are corporate executives, attorneys, and two hospital executives (UVa has a hospital and medical school).

    The coup was led by the Rector (Board Chair), Helen Dragas, a UVa alum and real estate developer from Virginia Beach. She employed subterfuge, and it’s blown up in her face.

    Rather than call a full board meeting to air the “philosophical differences” between President Teresa Sullivan and the Board, Dragas and her allies worked one on one with the board members, building support for removing Sullivan. Once she had commitments, and without ever calling a board meeting (which would have resulted in a full discussion), Dragas told Sullivan the Board was prepared to remove her.

    Sullivan took Dragas at her word, and resigned immediately rather than face a board fight.

    We’ve never gotten a straight answer on why the Board is doing this. Nefarious rumors fly, of intrigues among big donors (hedge fund millionaires and the like). Could Dragas be doing the bidding of Goldman Sachs and its for-profit online division? Was it a play to spin off the hospital? Who can say yet? Those who know are not talking, or talking through Hill & Knowlton PR (looking at you, Rector Dragas). The vice rector resigned early on, and has remained silent.

    I think this might be the tip of the iceberg where massive corporations, big money, and public education intersect. UVa gets only 7% of its funding from the Commonwealth of Virginia, but plunder of public goods is not a new topic. We live in an era of unprecedented institutional fail.

    So this whole debacle bears watching. I am enjoying the pushback. There will be a student-led rally on the University’s Lawn this afternoon at two, and I am there in spirit. The students feel their Rector’s activities do not meet the standards of UVa’s much admired honor code.


    Charlottesville’s alt-weekly, The Hook, has been doing stellar reporting on this. http://www.readthehook.com/

    The Washington Post has also been excellent, and how often can you say that these days? The Post published a series of email correspondence between Dragas and her allies, which UVa’s student newspaper, the Cavalier Daily, obtained via FOIA request.



    • 77 Bill
      June 26, 2012 at 9:55 am

      The Board of Visitors is meeting at 3:00 PM today to vote on restating President Sullivan to her position. The meeting will be carried online. Rector Dragas’s term expires on June 30. Governor Vaginal Probe McDonnell has not anounced if he will reappoint her or not.

  14. 78 ChristiMTL
    June 26, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Jon Stewart is so back on my boycott list….I don’t know why I watched it again…..he was awful last week on the witchunt against AG Holder, he sounded like Greenwald, he had a big problem with the executive priviledge…..and last night this :Los Panderos: Jon Stewart Chronicles Both Candidates’ Pandering To Latinos

    I’m so done with that loser.

    It’s not funny………

  15. 83 Pamela
    June 26, 2012 at 9:32 am

    “Through constant training we can enhance our positive attitudes and thoughts and reduce their opposing negative attitudes.” ~ HHDL 25.6.12

  16. June 26, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Chuck Todd just busted Gallup! Did you see this?

    • 87 ChristiMTL
      June 26, 2012 at 9:39 am

      I don’t watch DR, it’s bad for my nerves…..what did he say?

    • June 26, 2012 at 9:39 am

      So, Gallup underpolls minorities and overpolls older White People.
      The head of Gallup says it’s complicated.

      • 89 Jeff
        June 26, 2012 at 9:43 am

        It’s complicated because he thinks older white voters are more important.

      • 90 japa21
        June 26, 2012 at 9:43 am

        And they still had PBO at 51% approval? In reality it must be 54%.

        • 91 donna dem 4 obama
          June 26, 2012 at 9:55 am

          Actually just as Chips predicted they had a “major adjustment” in yesterday’s poll and voila over night he went from 51/45 to 47/48 approval. Their poll is a piece of CRAP!

      • 92 ChristiMTL
        June 26, 2012 at 9:44 am

        overpolls older white people? You don’t say ….ha!

    • 93 donna dem 4 obama
      June 26, 2012 at 9:56 am

      But yet and still I read here all the time that these cable shows (Todd included) breathlessly quote this bogus poll whenever the President is not showing favorably in it.

  17. 95 Ladyhawke
    June 26, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Mitt Romney, Bain Capital and a ‘profit-first’ presidency

    By James Downie


    The Romney these three articles portray is not new to us, but the common trait is nevertheless worth repeating. The Romney of Bain Capital had little time for anything beyond profits. Efficiency and the bottom line ruled. Who cared about the jobs lost, the livelihoods destroyed and the lines crossed, as long as Bain got its money?

    While there is room for debate about the effect of Romney’s business approach on the health of the American economy, what’s important for the election is how Romney’s approach to running Bain translates to what he’d do as president. Politicians from both sides, but especially Republicans, declare time and again that government should be run like a business. (That running a government as a business ignores numerous principles of statecraft is of no concern to them.) There’s no reason to think Romney believes otherwise — observers of his political career agree Romney lies in the technocratic wing of the Republican Party. It is reasonable to conclude, then, that a Romney presidency would have as its top priority returning a profit for its investors.



  18. 96 Ladyhawke
    June 26, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Supreme Court scary: the radicalism of Antonin Scalia

    By Joy-Ann Reid


    While it should have become clear to most Americans by now that five of the justices of the United States Supreme Court are dyed in the wool advocates of plutocracy. What is not as often reported is the inherent radicalism of the conservatives on the court (Kennedy, the swing justice, appears to be a pro-corporate Libertarian.) But none of the justices is more radical than Antonin Scalia.

    How radical is Tony Scalia? In his highly political dissent from today’s 5-3 decision striking down three out of four provisions of Arizona’s “papers please” law, Scalia launched into a political tirade, which wandered back into the recesses of American history, to a time (a better time, in Scalia’s imagination) when a state was a sovereign — like a country — that could exclude freed slaves and “Coolies.” Seriously.



  19. 99 ChristiMTL
    June 26, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) floated the possibility of impeaching President Obama over the administration’s recent decisions on immigration, during an appearance on Bill Bennett’s radio show on Tuesday.


    Let them try!


    There’s no way it will happen

    • 100 desertflower
      June 26, 2012 at 10:08 am

      HA! My senator is hard at work again I see! He can’t retire fast enough….dick

      • 101 ChristiMTL
        June 26, 2012 at 10:11 am

        Yes df, working really hard on those job bills…….arrhhh what a travesty.

      • 102 vcprezofan2
        June 26, 2012 at 11:26 am

        Df, you poor thing, you seem to have a lot of dolts representing you! It’s a good thing you know how to survive without a lot of water. {{{Desertf}}}

    • 103 Ladyhawke
      June 26, 2012 at 10:15 am


      What Jon Kyl considers a factual statement


      Clearly, expectations for honesty are low when it comes to the politician who made “not intended to be a factual statement” famous, but even by Kyl’s low standards, this is unnerving.

      First, Obama, as a U.S. senator in 2007, didn’t vote to kill comprehensive immigration reform; he voted for it. Kyl’s version of reality is the opposite of the one the rest of us live in.

      Second, though Kyl bragged yesterday about the bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill he “helped draft” five years ago, if we actually look back at the Senate record, we see that the Arizona Republican voted to filibuster the bill. Jon Kyl is falsely accusing Obama of doing what Jon Kyl actually did.

      Maybe yesterday’s press release wasn’t intended to be a factual statement, either?



    • 105 Debz
      June 26, 2012 at 10:46 am

      4 months before the election, and they want to talk impeachment? And they think no one will notice? The gop really must believe we are all stupid.

  20. 106 Ceb
    June 26, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Good morning , Chips. This is a wonderful round-up of yesterday’s events; thanks so much for always making us feel as if we were there.
    Good morning also to the TOD ohana. Mr. Noble, the 73 years young gentleman who was featured in the video from the ice cream shop, summed up what is at the heart of why so many of us, the often silent majority, support, respect and love PBO: ” Indid not go to him because he is famous. I went to him because he is doing a heck of a job.” Because we have become so used politicians who are lying phonies, people who meet PBo are so surprised and pleased that “what you see is what you get.”. Our guy is the real deal and more and more people are beginning to realize this. Finally, Mitt and other repubs and some dems do not understand how deep the issue of immigration is to so many people. Here is this 73 year-old who recalls his grandfather who came here illegally, and still the idea of deportation he said “is like a knife in my heart” because he knows that the life that he, his children and his grandchildren have had would not have been possible. The GOP, Mitt and their allies and the cowardly dems who will not speak up need to pass an immigration reform law that deals with our reality and that makes sense. This is a family issue, an economic issue, and a national security issue as well as a moral issue.

  21. June 26, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Those new Obama ads ate all over MSNBainC.
    Has anybody seen them on other Channels?

  22. June 26, 2012 at 10:03 am

    On Sunday’s Shows, Issa said their is No proof of WH involvement in Fast and Furious.
    Well, Today He has miraculously walked that back.
    Issa now says Obama personally involved in Fast and Furuous and hiding something.
    I smell what happened to bill Clinton all over again, except this time they will run on it.
    Is this what the Country needs?

    • 109 ChristiMTL
      June 26, 2012 at 10:06 am

      A challenge to President Obama using executive privilege in the investigation into the federal government’s failed Fast and Furious gun-tracking operation was met Tuesday with a strong White House response in which a spokesman referred to the probe as “absurd.”

      The challenge was made Monday in a letter from GOP Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. He suggested in part that executive privilege was invoked because high-level White House officials were perhaps involved in the Justice Department operation and that the administration has failed to provide case law supporting its decision to invoke the privilege.

    • 110 japa21
      June 26, 2012 at 10:11 am

      The GOP is once again misjudging the American public. The people was against the impeachment move against Clinton despite the years of drummed up conspiracy theories and despite the fact that Clinton did come across as somewhat of a conniving perrson.
      PBO, as a person, is viewed much more favorably than Clinton was. Any attempt to try to move on to impeachmnet would backfire greatly. Only the real racists would be cherring them on.

      • 111 Renegade522/AuntSis
        June 26, 2012 at 10:35 am

        If I recall correctly, Clinton was in his second term when all of this started. I believe the congress was divided. The house voted for impeachment while the senate did not. The scandal did hold up legislation that would have helped the American people.

  23. 112 Ladyhawke
    June 26, 2012 at 10:10 am


    By Donna Brazile, CNN Contributor


    Which is why Romney is trying to convince voters of two impossible contradictions simultaneously. One, that the national economy is lousy, but state and local economies are improving. And two, that if an economy has improved, it’s only because of Republican efforts and in spite of the president’s leadership.

    Economists disagree, and even Republican governors refuse to play along with Romney’s games.

    Romney’s detachment from, or denial of, the truth is not just a political tactic or say-anything-to-please character flaw. It reveals a lack of leadership. It reveals an elemental attitude he shares with the special interest super PACs that support him — silence the truth, show indifference to the hardship of others and sow distrust of the American people’s belief in the common good and common sense.



    (An excellent read that deserves the TOD tweetment.)

  24. 113 desertflower
    June 26, 2012 at 10:13 am

    From ThinkProgess:

    Seems extreme, but I guess this is one way to clean up Washington……

    No matter who feels like they are winning or losing the political debate, one thing is for certain: We are slowly destroying our planet, and Washington is one of the cities that may just get swept into the ocean.

  25. 118 jacquelineoboomer
    June 26, 2012 at 10:13 am

    President Obama ~ “What you see is what you get.”

    Love it.

    Good morning, TOD!

  26. June 26, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Latest from Burns & Haberman
    Tagg Romney says campaign is ‘biding our time’
    By MAGGIE HABERMAN | 6/26/12 8:52 AM
    Political watchers have wondered about whether Mitt Romney will start pushing back on the barrage of negative ads against his business career and his government tenure in Massachusetts, but his son Tagg insisted in Iowa that the team has a plan:

    In other words, they are behind in organizing. Might take to the Convention, to get caught up.
    Meanwhile, we are defining Him.
    Smart, OFA, very smart!

    • 125 carolyn
      June 26, 2012 at 10:55 am

      Romney has never gotten this far in a presidential campaign before. He absolutely does not know how to plan ahead……and sending his son out to explain. That man is not a man!

  27. June 26, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Follow recommendation:

  28. 127 desertflower
    June 26, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Excellent piece by RM: Must see. Regarding SB 1070 ruling


  29. June 26, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Better Bsns Bureau is warning about Obama scam—–not sure if this is just in Atlanta or Ga. or everywhere——public has been contacted by multiple means saying Obama will pay their utility bills thru a new fed program——all the scammers need is your soc. sec. # and bank info. Hope not many are falling for that one.
    Also—–Ga. GOP chair wishes Obama would just stop this fundraising nonsense like her man Mitt——-(who never accepts donations from anyone—but multi-millionaires and billionaires, I guess) GOP chair is hilarious! and plenty dumb!

    • 129 auntsis522
      June 26, 2012 at 10:42 am

      I had about three phone calls similar to that last week. I am in South Florida and the caller stated that the government was giving a one time grant of $7K. The thing is that I work in grants and the government doesn’t give you anything. You must apply. I told the guy this and asked him what he wanted. All he wanted was to send me an email. I laughed in his ear and he called me a bish. Never, ever, ever give your private information (phone, email) when you have not initiated the call/email. Never, ever. They will ask for your SSN or bank account and then they got you. Always challenge someone when they call you.

  30. 131 Ladyhawke
    June 26, 2012 at 10:37 am

    3 Things to Tell Anyone Considering Voting for Mitt Romney



    I know it’s hard to believe but Romney voters are out there. The key thing is to not argue with them. Arguing often makes people defend a position they don’t actually have.

    So I suggest you just say this:

    Well, things are much better off now than they were when Bush left them. 27 months of creating jobs. We’re out of Iraq and bin Laden is gone.

    And then I’d add one of these Romney doubt macros:



  31. June 26, 2012 at 10:39 am

    President Obama is stopping by the movie set in Atlanta of new Jackie Robinson movie—–speculating he may make an appearance in movie?

  32. 135 Ladyhawke
    June 26, 2012 at 10:48 am


    It’s not a race for sixth-grade class president


    Indeed, as we discussed last week, the Romney campaign keeps doing this. Team Romney has a set of standard tactics, which include sending press releases, giving speeches, putting together ads, raising money, and apparently heckling. And instead of distancing himself from childish antics, the candidate himself has personally taken ownership of the tactics. Romney seems rather proud of the heckling.
    But that’s not really what I’m getting at here. Rather, the point is Romney is the first major-party nominee I can think who’s claimed credit for obnoxious hecklers on purpose.

    Is it too much to ask that the Republican candidate bring at least some degree of maturity to the national debate?



  33. June 26, 2012 at 10:58 am

    KRISTIN OIL AND GAS PLATFORM, NORWEGIAN SEA (Reuters) – Defending the Obama administrations drive for federal regulation of fracking, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said on Monday that the United States must toughen up its rules to protect the environment.

    State level oversight of hydraulic fracturing or fracking is not sufficient and criticism leveled at the Obama administration for its proposed rules is not valid, Salazar told Reuters in an interview.

    “I think the criticism is simply wrong,” Salazar said on Statoil’s Kristin oil and gas platform in the North Sea, about a 100 kilometers offshore Norway.

    “There are some who are saying that it’s not something we ought to do, it should be left up to the states. That’s not good enough for me because states are at very different level, some have zero, some have decent rules.”

    The Obama administration unveiled long-awaited rules in May to bolster oversight on public lands of oil and natural gas drilling using fracking technology, running into criticism it was creating a duplicate layer of bureaucracy and infringing on states’ rights.


    But but but last week Bill Maher said Obama hated fracking rules and was stopping it and…

  34. June 26, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Buffett says, no Suoer PAC donations to democrats for me.

    Alrighty then!

  35. 138 JER
    June 26, 2012 at 11:12 am

    President Obama arrives at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport – http://www.cbsatlanta.com/category/213030/breaking-news-live-stream

    • 139 desertflower
      June 26, 2012 at 11:17 am

      Thank you, JER! Must be nice not to have to maneuver through that airport! What a nightmare that place is!

  36. June 26, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Twitter People-

    Needs your help! Trolls all over there, shaping a bad view…

  37. June 26, 2012 at 11:17 am

    Twitter People-


    Needs your help, Trolls all over the place, shaping a negative view!

  38. 142 proudofobama
    June 26, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Hey, everyone. Hope you’re all well. Looking for ideas here. I’m working with two ladies who are hosting a Women for Obama fundraising house party. We will discuss ACA, Lilly Ledbetter and other accomplishments of PBO for women. But I’m looking for a little something extra we could do. I heard about one house party where they had a woman give hand massages. She volunteered her time for this. We may have 50 people so I don’t know that we will have time for that. But would appreciate any suggestions.

  39. June 26, 2012 at 11:24 am

  40. 148 ChristiMTL
    June 26, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Eric Cantor on @squawkcnbc: We’ve Been Trying To Reach Across Aisle For Past Year And A Half”

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