Rise and Shine

Happy July 4 to everyone 😉


10:15: President Obama arrives at Ft. McNair

10:25: Arrives at the White House

10:50: Delivers remarks at a naturalization ceremony for active duty service members

6:0: Delivers remarks at the Military celebration on the South Lawn of the White House


Happy Birthday Malia!


Have a perfect day ChristiMTL!

161 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 7 vcprezofan2
    July 4, 2012 at 7:55 am

    GM Chips & TODville. 😆 Happy July 4th, American TODobots!

  2. July 4, 2012 at 7:57 am

    Happy 4th of July!

    Happy 14th Birthday Malia!

  3. 10 anniebella
    July 4, 2012 at 7:58 am

    Happy 4th of July everyone. And Happy 14th Birthday to Malia Obama.

  4. 11 collegekay
    July 4, 2012 at 8:01 am

    Good morning everyone! Happy Birthday Ms. Malia :- )

    Remember that article by Lloyd Grove on the The Daily Beast about PBO “begging” for money on AF1? Well, it turns out to be another desperate attempt to disparage the President. Here is an article from someone who was actually ON the conference call with PBO.

    It’s from HuffPoop so I’ll just post the whole article here.

    The Truth About Obama’s Air Force One Phone Call

    The Daily Beast writer Lloyd Grove has distorted President Obama’s fundraising phone call of June 29.

    I was on that call. The president did not “beg,” the president did not “ramble,” and the president did not sound like “a dog-tired idealist forced to grapple painfully with hard reality.” Give me a break.

    Shame on you, Mr. Grove, for distorting the president’s remarks, intentions, and attitude. Shame on you Daily Beast for publishing such distortions. You say he “begged” for funds “now,” and the “now” part is true, but he didn’t beg, and he explained why “now” in his response to a North Carolina caller’s question “What do you mean by “deadline” and why are there deadlines at all?” (See below)

    Here is the story of how I got to be on a phone call with the president of the United States, and the actual notes I took, warts and all, of two interesting questions from callers, and informative answers from President Obama. Both questions and answers are missing from Grove’s article in The Daily Beast. There are a few spots where I couldn’t write fast enough, in which case I inserted dots, but I got as much as I could. Start now:

    I’d received an email asking if I’d like to conference in on a call from the president, since I was one of Obama’s “original supporters.” Why not, I thought, it’s probably going to be a recording of his voice or something, but I’ll find out. Excuse my cynicism but I’m sick of politicians, especially the partisan shenanigans of Congress and the Supreme Court. So I signed up for a call that would come in at 6:45 ET/3:45 PT. I clicked on the website given to sign up for the call, filled in a question to ask the president, and shortly received an email with the number to phone at the time given, and a pin number.

    At 3:44, I dialed the number and a woman asked me to wait for a few minutes. 3:46, she came back and said the president would be on in a few minutes. Yeah, sure, I thought. Silly me. About 3:48, a man’s voice introduced himself as Rufus Gifford, Finance Director in Chicago of O’s campaign. He spoke a few minutes about fundraising and soon introduced Jim Messina, Campaign Director, who spoke about how much they needed our donations… you could hear the same muffled airplane noises that had been on The West Wing TV show when “Pres Bartlet” was on Air Force One. Messina vamped a minute or two waiting for Obama and then, there he was. Obama. No intro needed. He just picked up the phone. He apologized for sounding tired. He did not mention that they had just left Colorado. He didn’t have to; it was on the news. He spoke, in a matter-of-fact way, about the need to again ask for the help of those who had first helped get him elected, and it was as though you were in the same room with him. He spoke of the difference between the 2008 campaign and this one. He spoke dispassionately of the changes since Citizens United. He could have ripped it to shreds, but he didn’t.

    Unlike when we hear him speaking on television, every now and then, there’d be an “uh … uh” as he apparently composed his thoughts. Talk about someone who can think on his feet! Talk about someone who can multi-task! Here’s a man whose schedule had already been changed due to an unexpected trip to Colorado in connection with the tragic fire, and still, he’s almost exactly on time with a phone call to us. I don’t care that the reason was fundraising, I care that he’s smart enough to leave no stone unturned to compete with massive political PAC donations. I then heard him ask, a little off the phone like he had turned away and was speaking sotto voce to someone else, “Don’t you have some questions for me?”

    I’m not a celeb or a millionaire or even a political activist, so I shook myself out of the fantasy universe in which this phone call from the president had put me, and started to write down what was being said:

    Question one from a woman in NC (who had apparently received an earlier email than I did and knew what the phone call would be about): “Are these deadlines real and what are they about?”

    President Obama: “We need to report our fundraising and that can be a double-edged sword… the media looks at it and hyperventilates. Last month, Gov. Romney had $76 million to our $60 million… it’s for how much advertising we can buy in battleground states… we have to hire people to see it all the way through… early money is more valuable than late money… some people think Gov. Romney doesn’t know what he’s talking about and then we find out some millionaire sat down and wrote him a million-dollar check… there’s a voter registration deadline we must meet… we need to purchase TV ads [now] with August and September deadlines… ”

    Question two from a man in Minneapolis: “In 2008, I gave $2,300 but this time I’m against big donors. How can my money have much impact when we’re up against millionaires?”

    President Obama: “We don’t have to match these guys dollar for dollar. We have got a better message. We can’t be drowned out. Two million people have given money instead of buying something they want. Gov Romney doesn’t have a broad base of support … I’d take a grass roots check every time… Whatever you can do will be helpful. I have confidence that the number of people can beat the gazillionaires every single time… The Affordable Care Act… spent ten times as much as we did advertising against it. It’s not surprising the American people don’t know what’s in it… If we have enough resources to carry our message, we’re going to win this thing….

    “In 2008, everything was exciting and new. I’ve got gray hair now from working with an obstructionist Republican Congress… I hope that you guys haven’t become disillusioned because I’m not a perfect president. Michelle can tell you that. But I have fought on your behalf and I hope you still believe in me. If you’re willing to do what we need to do to win… I have extraordinary confidence in this country.”

    When I’m home, a comfort-food dinner finished, feet up, reading a good book, I’m not as relaxed as Obama was on that call. I can’t swear to it, but it seemed to me, an “audio witness,” that he was grinning when he said certain things, like “Michelle can tell you that.” He was calm, cool, and collected. Confident. I never knew charisma could come right through a telephone.

    He never “begged,” but I am begging you, here and now: Please make an informed decision when you vote. Listen to what the “other side” (no matter which one) has to say. Check *reliable* sources not just sources of your own party (whichever it is). Remember that opinions are not facts.

    • July 4, 2012 at 8:06 am

      Yeah, I read this article too. I knew the Grove article was bullshit anyway. Pres.Obama doesn’t beg. No honest person would write such a thing.

      • 13 LOL
        July 4, 2012 at 8:12 am

        Brooklyn…Grove writes for that attention whore Tina Brown…whose claim to fame is writing patently false stories. Not surprised.

      • 14 utaustinliberal
        July 4, 2012 at 8:37 am

        Same here. I called BS when I read Grove’s article. It was so blatantly pathetic. Now, once again, the real truth emerges.

    • July 4, 2012 at 8:11 am

      Thanks for that Collegekay. Grove’s piece rang alarm bells for me straight away, the language he used about PBO was so obviously twisted – “begging”, “rambling” …. “a dog-tired idealist forced to grapple painfully with hard reality.” I thought I had landed on Fox Nation. Utterly disgusting, lying ‘journalism’. I hope everyone goes after the turd on Twitter:


      • 16 utaustinliberal
        July 4, 2012 at 8:42 am

        Your wish is my command. Happy 4th Chips!

          • 18 4morefor44
            July 4, 2012 at 9:28 am

            wow. that guy is a moron. saw another article farther down on his twitter feed that starts like this:
            “Mitt Romney Fires Up Supporters on Virginia Campaign Stop
            by Lloyd Grove Jun 28, 2012 4:45 AM EDT
            Virginia may be a toss-up state, but the GOP standard bearer was greeted as a hero in Loudon County, where his attack on Obamacare and promise to balance the federal budget drew huge cheers.”

            turns out it was another r-money couple hundred people affair. grove has a couple gossip-columnist, childish insults for some of the audience, but it’s mostly about the man-crush grove has on r-money. fortunately, lloyd has remarkably few followers for someone who has been given a national stage, so the “free market” doesn’t seem to like this guy, although he’ll have a nice long, highly-paid career if he keeps fluffing republicans so much and denigrating his president. the billionaires that fund the entire wingnut welfare circuit will see to that!!!

            • July 4, 2012 at 9:31 am

              Oh wow 4morefor44, what a pathetic Romney shill this creep is – I can see us having lots of fun with him on Twitter in the months ahead 😉

    • 20 cognachas4paws
      July 4, 2012 at 8:14 am

      Well this whole notion of a panicked President Obama begging – literally begging – for money is completely out of character for him. When I first heard this report on the news, I thought, “that does not sound like the President at all.” Obviously I don’t know the man personally but given some of the crises he’s had to deal with these last few years, he’s never displayed any behavior that makes it seem like he is running around like his hair is on fire. Reports saying he effectively is doing that just don’t ring true to me at all. Your report confirms that.

      • 21 veryslowwriter
        July 4, 2012 at 11:44 am

        Absolutely. He’s been known for a long time as NoDrama Obama. We don’t have to know him personally to know that story doesn’t fly.

    • 22 anniebella
      July 4, 2012 at 8:14 am

      collegekay, THANK YOU FOR THIS INFORMATION. We ought to know by now, these people will lie their head off when it comes to this President.

    • 23 vcprezofan2
      July 4, 2012 at 8:16 am

      ‘I never knew charisma could come right through a telephone.’

      Or through the internet/TV screen. We got lucky in this President and his family/team! IMO OUR current task, especially those of us who cannot contribute, is to share messages like this one on the character, focus, etc of the President. We are not able to contribute millions but we can certainly contribute our voice.

      Enjoy your day, everyone!

      • 24 vcprezofan2
        July 4, 2012 at 8:23 am

        Oh, and when you are at those family gatherings today, please share info like this in a spirit of optimism so family members can pass it along and the network can hum with positive information. For every piece of garbage info our Republican grand uncle, or whomever, spews today, let’s share a nugget of positive info with a smile (even if it starts out as a gritted teeth smile). I’m suggesting, don’t argue with anyone re politics today.

        BREAKING SUGGESTION: This is actually a perfect day to walk with some of those PBO’s 50+ accomplishments card that we were reminded of recently!!! 😉 😉 🙂

      • 25 0388jojothecat
        July 4, 2012 at 10:34 am

        “For those that can’t contribute”, sharing your messages, what you see here, and PBO’s vision for American is more than money, because you can reach people on an individual basis who will tell someone, who will tell someone, etc., etc.,

        We lift each other up here and I tell everyone I know that supports PBO about TOD if they want the TRUTH. Thank you Chips and all the folks out there who support this president.

        Happy 4th Everyone and Happy Birthday Malia, Christimtl, and America!

    • 26 vcprezofan2
      July 4, 2012 at 8:33 am

      Happy Independence Day, CK, and THANK YOU! I would never have seen this if you hadn’t decided to share it here because I don’t follow links to huffpo unless it’s inadvertent. I would love to share this on twitter, but wouldn’t want to use the huffpo link. Does anyone think it could cause later ‘problems’ to link to it here since it originated THERE?

    • 27 Bill
      July 4, 2012 at 8:53 am

      LLoyd Grove was a gossip columnist for the New York Daily News at one time. He should not be allowed to report on serious matters.

      • 28 ChristiMTL
        July 4, 2012 at 8:57 am

        I knew that story was BS, I don’t know how many tweets I sent the liar…..and yes Bill, I mentioned it in one of my tweets that day that he was a gossip columnist for 6 years !…

    • July 4, 2012 at 9:15 am

      THANKS so much for this, ck. I knew that first report had to be a lie.

      I love the way she describes the whole series of events. I was on one of those phone calls during the 2008 campaign and I can absolutely verify that POTUS sounds the way he is described here. Calm and confident, he answers questions directly and gives such insight into how his keen mind works in just a brief amount of time. He is just thoroughly brilliant. Plus his wonderful voice against the sound of AF1 is a total thrill.

    • July 4, 2012 at 10:21 am

      I saw that stoy in Yahoo. Scrolled right on by.

  5. 31 amk for obama
    July 4, 2012 at 8:02 am

    A melodious indian love song.

  6. July 4, 2012 at 8:03 am

    Good morning and Happy 4th TODers. Stay safe and stay cool.

    Happy birthday, Malia! What a lovely young lady you’re blossoming into. 🙂

  7. 39 Suzette
    July 4, 2012 at 8:09 am

    Good morning all.
    Happy July 4th and Happy Birthday Malia.

  8. 40 Pamela
    July 4, 2012 at 8:17 am


    • 41 vcprezofan2
      July 4, 2012 at 8:36 am

      Well comrade, haven’t connected in a while, though I DID NOTICE that you gifted yourself with a day off recently. I felt so proud of you! 😆 😆 Happy Independence Day, Pamela!

      • 42 Pamela
        July 4, 2012 at 8:49 am

        😆 That I did VC, that I did! Hearing about you and Theo67 scrambling for first was a hoot! 39 years ago on this day, my Mama passed away in DC. Then the sun came up, and the parades went on, and that night there were fireworks, but it never felt the same again in our family! My Mama woukd have been a MAJOR Obama supporter, no doubt! It’s a long time ago now, and today we have much to celebrate. Happy 14th to Malia Obama, our love all around her will be felt!

        • 43 vcprezofan2
          July 4, 2012 at 9:06 am

          She has left you with great memories, I feel sure! We can never really tell how much time we have, which is why of late I’m such an ‘advocate’ for taking time for yourself to relax. A colleague of mine had a massive heart attack last Friday, and just like that she was gone – she was 53 years old! She wasn’t obese. She seemed to eat well. She was a gem. Her first child and only son was/is planning to get married in the spring and last time I spoke to her she was so thrilled and excited about that wedding. Her youngest daughter graduated from high school the Wednesday night before her death. Part of our last discussion was about her ‘baby’ going away for college. She was a happy, bubbly person, and if I have yet to swallow the fact that she is gone, I can’t imagine how her husband of 26+ years is taking things. You are so right, ‘today, we do have much to celebrate’ and my wish is that we will CELEBRATE and not let Negative Nellies/ Negative Neds (aka republicans & republican minded whackjobs) rain on our parade. Life is just too short.

          • 44 Pamela
            July 4, 2012 at 9:10 am

            With you on all this thinking… Hugs all around to TOD! {{{{{{{{{Chips}}}}}}}}}} to you most of all! (and you, VC) am out to water my birdies! Weather heating up out here in the next few days, but this morning it is 47F/8C… Very fresh! 😆

        • 45 miss pat
          July 4, 2012 at 9:51 am

          I know this day is hard for you. After all these years the memory is still fresh.
          My parents would have been married 66 years today. They died ten years ago, two weeks apart. So today is a sad day for me.
          I think my folks and yours are watching from heaven. They know what is happening here and are proud of the President.

  9. 46 amk for obama
    July 4, 2012 at 8:27 am

    Four years ago, when I was writing about the 2008 presidential campaign, I wrote with dismay and surprise at the spate of falsehoods coming out of John McCain’s campaign for president. McCain had falsely accused his opponent Barack Obama of supporting “comprehensive sex education” for children, and of wanting to raise taxes on the middle class, while his running mate, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, took credit for opposing the so-called “Bridge to Nowhere”, which she had actually supported.

    At the time, such false and misleading claims from a presidential candidate seemed shocking: they crossed an unstated line in American politics – going from the usual garden-variety campaign exaggeration to wilful lying.

    Ah, those were the days … after watching Mitt Romney run for president the past few months, he makes John McCain look like George Washington (of “I Can’t Tell A Lie” fame).

    Granted, presidential candidates are no strangers to disingenuous or overstated claims; it’s pretty much endemic to the business. But Romney is doing something very different and far more pernicious. Quite simply, the United States has never been witness to a presidential candidate, in modern American history, who lies as frequently, as flagrantly and as brazenly as Mitt Romney.


    • 47 amk for obama
      July 4, 2012 at 8:30 am


      This is perhaps the most interesting and disturbing element of Romney’s tireless obfuscation: that even when corrected, it has little impact on the presumptive GOP nominee’s behavior. This is happening at a time when fact-checking operations in major media outlets have increased significantly, yet that appears to have no effect on the Romney campaign.

      What is the proper response when, even after it’s pointed out that the candidate is not telling the truth, he keeps doing it? Romney actually has a telling rejoinder for this. When a reporter challenged his oft-stated assertion that President Obama had made the economy worse (factually, not correct), he denied ever saying it in the first place. It’s a lie on top of a lie.

    • July 4, 2012 at 8:51 am

      Outstanding. The conclusion was just perfect:

      “Romney is charting new and untraveled waters in American politics. In the process, he is cynically eroding the fragile sense of trust that exists between voters and politicians. It’s almost enough to make one pine for the days when Sarah Palin lied about “the Bridge to Nowhere”.”

      • 49 vcprezofan2
        July 4, 2012 at 9:09 am

        I thought of tweeting that because it IS so perfect, but then I decided that I don’t want to share my holiday with Willard. Fie on him and his like today!

    • 50 Ladyhawke
      July 4, 2012 at 8:55 am

      On healthcare, Romney is muddled while GOP PACs brazenly lie


      By David Horsey
      July 3, 2012, 5:00 a.m.

      The Republican stance on healthcare is a strange mix of muddle and mendacity. The muddle comes from the GOP’s presumptive nominee for president, Mitt Romney. The mendacity is the work of conservative “super PACs” that are spending millions on new attack ads built around a brazen lie.



      (h/t Tally)

    • July 4, 2012 at 9:33 am

      That last sentence should be spread everywhere.

  10. 52 amk for obama
    July 4, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Milt Shook’s Just the Facts; A Virtual Road Map to Republican Incompetence


  11. 53 amk for obama
    July 4, 2012 at 8:43 am
    • 54 jackiegrumbacher
      July 4, 2012 at 9:02 am

      Oh you know those “workers,” the little serfs that should be grateful for any crumb that falls from the table of the rich. Who knows what the ‘expectation’ of a minimum wage can lead to? Less food uncertainty? Less fear about being evicted? We can’t have that in the old US of A because once the serfs stop being afraid, they stop being grateful. And we must keep them humble and pathetically thankful for every little thing we give them. Wanna bet that’s not exactly how these well fed, well paid poseurs feel? Workers are not real people like the rich are. They’re lesser beings whose purpose is to serve the rich for all their days and never, never aspire to anything else. As Romney says, you should only get as much education as you can pay for. If you’re born poor, tough luck. No education at all makes you happy just to be able to swab the Romney toilets. God, these people make me sick to my stomach and nothing enrages me more than people who say they won’t vote because “they’re all alike.” Sometimes in the last 40 years Marie Antoinette become the role model for the Republican party and her grip on the GOP psyche gets tighter every day. My dearest hope as that the whole party suffers her French majesty’s fate this November.

  12. 55 Don
    July 4, 2012 at 8:44 am

    A thousand cuts.

  13. July 4, 2012 at 8:48 am

  14. 57 utaustinliberal
    July 4, 2012 at 8:49 am

  15. 58 Ladyhawke
    July 4, 2012 at 8:51 am


    We expect dishonesty from Mitt Romney, but apparently his campaign also needs a refresher on venn diagrams.




    • 59 hopefruit2
      July 4, 2012 at 8:59 am

      A supposedly top-notch Harvard graduate and business-man like Willard shouldn’t need to have a Venn diagram explained to him!

      • 60 jackiegrumbacher
        July 4, 2012 at 9:05 am

        Not but he thinks the rest of us are stupid and he knows for a certainty that no media is going to call him out on it. The guy could draw stick doodles on a chart and the collective right wind media would call it a brilliant analysis.

    • 61 utaustinliberal
      July 4, 2012 at 9:28 am

      Thank you for bringing this here. When i found out Ezra was hosting the Maddow show last night, I clicked off because I didn’t want to deal with his smart aleck crap. The show came on again this morning at 6AM ET/ 5AM CT and I watched the whole show. He was pretty good and this Venn Diagram segment knocked me for a loop. Romney is a Harvard graduate who studied law and business. He is a business man. He always touts his business experience as the silver bullet for what ails the country yet this moron and his team don’t know what a Venn Diagram is? What college graduate…heck…what elementary school graduate doesn’t know what a Venn Diagram is? This is worse than George Bush’s idiocy.

      • July 4, 2012 at 9:33 am

        To my surprise he’s been doing a lot better than I thought. He did very well with destroying the lie about Obamacare being the biggest tax increase.

      • 63 0388jojothecat
        July 4, 2012 at 11:01 am

        I think maybe at one time Mitt Robme was a very smart man, did well in school, but he is not and now we have learned he has never been mentally mature. Although he’s traveled the world, he’s only rubbed shoulders with the elite and not with the “everyday” man. Robme is 65yrs old and out of touch with the computer technology and IMO stuck in a bygone era. Even with sons who grew up with the new technology and should be much more knowledgeable, it appears Mitt is not listening to them either. His campagin should not be only based on lies and half truths. He SHOULD have a message by NOW…..He is so buy lying that he can’t muddle together a message….it’s just anti-Obama.

  16. 64 amk for obama
    July 4, 2012 at 8:52 am

  17. 66 ChristiMTL
    July 4, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Good morning Chips and everyone….happy 4th of July!

    Happy birthday to the gorgeous Malia….

    It is my birthday today as well….I hope Chips will post the pic of the President with a cake!

  18. July 4, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Good morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, etc. Happy 4th of July to everyone, and especially to birthday girl Malia 🙂

  19. July 4, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Adding my Happy 4th and Malia bday greetings! Love the Keb Mo America the Beautiful vid posted earlier. Have forwarded to all my peeps as my 4th gift to all. (with the added bonus of a little positive Obama campaigning for all)

  20. 79 1jam4pbo
    July 4, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Good Morning TOD-ville. Happy 4th July to you. Happy Birthday Miss Malia Obama.

  21. 80 utaustinliberal
    July 4, 2012 at 9:05 am

    U.S. workers reported essentially no change in net hiring at their workplaces in June, with the Gallup Job Creation Index averaging +20 for the month, similar to the +19 recorded in May and identical to the +20 in April. The index continues to hold at levels that are the most positive since mid-2008.

    The Job Creation Index in June reflects 36% of U.S. adult workers saying their employers are hiring and expanding the size of their workforces, and 16% saying their employers are letting workers go and reducing the size of their workforces. Both components of the index have also been steady since April.

    Regionally, net hiring is strongest in the Midwest (at +24), as it was for most of the prior 13 months, from May 2011 through May 2012. The South is close behind at +22, followed by the East and the West. From January 2008 through April 2011, the South generally led in net hiring, followed by the East and Midwest, with the West coming in last.

    The private-sector employment picture is much improved after a long, slow recovery, in comparison to its four-year low of -7 recorded in February 2009. It also exceeds the hiring levels seen in August 2008, just prior to the onset of the Wall Street financial crisis.


    • 81 hopefruit2
      July 4, 2012 at 9:07 am

      But, but, but, Lloyd Grove of Daily Beast sez that PBO is begging for money now on AF1…

      • 82 ChristiMTL
        July 4, 2012 at 9:12 am

        I saw one anchor on MSNBC, I still can’t remember his name….Craig something and he did a segment on that BS story….he had 2 guests and the 3 of them were lying!……

  22. 83 utaustinliberal
    July 4, 2012 at 9:10 am

    • 84 utaustinliberal
      July 4, 2012 at 9:12 am

      This bodes very well for Pres. Obama come November. Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, etc. are all benefiting thanks to the auto bailout and their economies are improving. Romney can tell them that their lives suck but when it comes down to brass tacks that’s a bloody lie and the facts show that clearly.

      • 85 ChristiMTL
        July 4, 2012 at 9:15 am

        Imagine if that no good for nothing Congress had passed the President Job Bill…….or any other initiatives……we know it won’t happened, rooting for bad economy….that’s very patriotic.

      • July 4, 2012 at 9:28 am

        That unfortunately won’t stop many of them from voting against their best interest.

        • 87 hopefruit2
          July 4, 2012 at 9:32 am

          Yes, there’s always a segment of the electorate that votes against its own interests. However, I’m confident that ultimately more voters than not WILL be appropriately aware to ensure a PBO victory in Nov 6th.

          • July 4, 2012 at 9:41 am

            In spite of my statement I’m still hoping for a Reagansque landslide for PBO.

            • 89 Betsy
              July 4, 2012 at 10:15 am

              Me too. I want the Dems to sweep the House and the Senate, and PBO to win 450+ electoral college votes That would be awesome! Happy 4th of July, Happy Birthday to Malia Obama, and to ChristinMtl.

  23. 90 trinisamba
    July 4, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Happy 14th Birthday Malia Ann Obama. You are a beautiful young lady.

  24. 91 ChristiMTL
    July 4, 2012 at 9:21 am

      • 93 ChristiMTL
        July 4, 2012 at 9:31 am

        lol the pic is huge on my screen…..ah Chips, you’re the best! what a nice way to start the day!…

        • July 4, 2012 at 9:33 am

          OH, WOW, that’s gorgeous!!

          A big HAPPY BIRTHDAY wish to you, ChristiMTL!!

        • 96 amk for obama
          July 4, 2012 at 9:40 am

          Happy b’day Christi. Have a blast (pun intended).

          A butcher is leaning on the counter toward the close of day when a dog with a basket in its jaws comes pushing through the door.

          “An’ wot’s this then?” he asked. The dog knocks the basket sharply into the butcher’s shins.

          “You dumb dog.” As he reaches down to smack the dog, he notices a note and a ten dollar bill in the basket.

          The scribble on the note asks for three pounds of his best mince. The butcher figures this is too easy. He goes to the window and reaches for the dried up stuff that’s been sitting out all day.

          The dog growls at him. The butcher turns around and, glaring at the pup, gets the best mince from the fridge. Weighing out about 2 1/2 pounds, he drops in on the scale with his thumb.

          “Hmmmmm, a bit shy. Who’ll know?”

          Again, the dog growls menacingly. “Alright, alright,” as he throws on a generous half pound. He wraps it out, drops it in the basket, and drops in change from a five. The dog threatens to chew him off at the ankles. Another five goes in the basket.

          The butcher is quite impressed and decides to follow the pup home. The dog quickly enters a high-rise building, pushes the lift button, enters the lift, and then pushes the button for the 12th floor. The dog walks down the corridor and smartly bangs the basket on the door. The door opens, and the dog’s owner screams at the dog.

          “Hey, what are you doing? That’s a really smart dog you’ve got there,” comments the butcher.

          “He’s a stupid dog – that’s the third time this week he’s forgotten his key.

        • 99 Betsy
          July 4, 2012 at 10:16 am

          Happy Birthday ChristinMtl! Hope you have a great day.

  25. 102 carolyn
    July 4, 2012 at 9:30 am

    So glad the President and family had four days rest at Camp David. If anyone ever needed these, he did. When I mentioned this to my husband, he said :”But, he’s still working.” As we all know he is. But, he’s away from the glare of the cameras and press, something that doesn’t even happen when he goes on “vacation” to Cape Cod or Hawaii. Camp David is private, and press are not allowed, which is why every president eventually finds it his necessary retreat.
    Happy Birthday beautiful Malia!

    • July 4, 2012 at 9:34 am

      I read last night they’ve cancelled their usual Martha’s Vineyard vacation this year.

      • July 4, 2012 at 9:37 am

        That’s a shame but at least he has managed to have a little peace and quiet even if he has been working, and he has been able to spend quality time with his beautiful family. God bless President Obama and his family and I hope he is able to spend more weekends like this one if they are not able to have their well earned vacation.

        • July 4, 2012 at 9:50 am

          I think the house where they usually stay was sold so I’m hoping they’ve just chosen another location for their vacation instead of the one they’ve been going to each August.

      • 106 anniebella
        July 4, 2012 at 10:36 am

        They probably will be so busy campaigning, they might not have the time to take a vacation. Maybe take afew days off like they did this week end to Camp David.

  26. July 4, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Gooooood morning, TODville and Happy 4th of July!!

    And a big Happy Birthday celebration cake for the gorgeous Miss Malia Obama. Cheers!!

  27. 109 Vicki
    July 4, 2012 at 9:32 am

    New meme on TV….”Neither campaign wants to talk about ACA.” Huh? I think we do want to talk about the 6,000,000 kids staying on their parents plans plus all the other wonderful features.

    The GOP will not know what hit them when the MLR kicks in and checks are sent out next month. We Will be trumpeting this curtailment of insurance companies powers so loudly the entire country will understand. Right? Right? Please tell me this is someones understanding beyond just mine.

    • 110 carolyn
      July 4, 2012 at 9:40 am

      How many lies do we hear floated by the TV pundits? We should have started keeping track of them four years ago, and kept record of their truthfulness. This is another lead balloon,they hope will prove out.
      Some people are so unaware of what’s going on, and don’t believe the administration so much, that they will be very surprised when those checks arrive next month. That will be some concrete evidence of what the ACA does in the hands of fence straddlers. Good timing, and I’m sure the President and Secretary Sebelius will let everyone know the source! The twitter universe will also be full of the info.

  28. 111 amk for obama
    July 4, 2012 at 9:34 am


    It appears that the Obama campaign has decided to ignore the queasiness of Democrats with Wall Street ties, and go after Mitt Romney’s record at Bain. And rightly so!

    After all, what is Romney’s case – that is, why does he want us to think he should be president? It’s not about ideology: Romney offers nothing but warmed-over right-wing platitudes, with an extra helping of fraudulent arithmetic, and it’s fairly obvious that even he himself doesn’t believe anything he’s saying.


    Now, the truth is even under the best of circumstances, the case for electing a businessman as president would be very weak. A country is not a company – does any company sell more than 80 percent of what it makes to its own workers, the way America does? — and competitive success in business bears no particular relationship to the principles of macroeconomic policy. So even if Romney were a true captain of industry, a latter-day Andrew Carnegie, this wouldn’t be a strong qualification.


  29. July 4, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Have a great 4th of July guys, enjoy yourselves and stay cool. The heat sounds intense in some states. We have rain and 70 degrees here in England but at least it is not too hot. We are having a party on Saturday as the 4th isn’t a holiday here but we are expecting 30+ people so looks like being fun. Hope you all enjoy yourselves today and wishing Malia a very happy 14th Birthday. I can’t believe how time flies!!

    • 113 desertflower
      July 4, 2012 at 9:54 am

      Hi, Sam:) Glad to see you again! Hope you have a wonderful get together….It’s cloudy here this morning, always a welcome relief in the desert…even if it doesn’t rain, just the cloud cover is relief enough from the relentless sun. We cherish these days…they are far and few between! Rain would be an added bonus…I hope it pours! Rain in the desert has a magical feel to it…and a smell that you’ll remember all the rest of your life. Enjoy!!

    • July 4, 2012 at 10:02 am

      Oooooo, sounds like a fabulous party! Enjoy.

  30. July 4, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Happy birthday, US ! – and be careful with the fireworks 🙂

    “‘t Is koud vuur, dus het geeft niet, en het komt niet in de krant”

  31. 117 cookemom
    July 4, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Oom pah pah and la di dah Os! Happy 4th, happy birthday Malia and FLOTUS!!! My #2 spent time in Senegal Africa during her birthday. She stayed with a family and became their daughter. On her birthday, the mom asked #2 what had she planned for her (the mom) for the birthday celebration. Of course #2 was confused and actually thought mom was kidding. She wasn’t. #2 talked to one of the daughters to see what she should get the mom. She got her a can of Sprite, which sent mom into seventh heaven and was so appreciative of the special birthday gift. Since that experiece, #2 gives me a gift on her birthday.

    My political take today is it’s too damn hot to think about politics, have a great day O folks!!

  32. July 4, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Happy 4th July to Ms Chips and all the warriors at the Obama hall of fame, TOD. Enjoy the cook-outs and barbecues,despite the heat and …stay cool.
    I shall be heading out to the good ole US of A in a few days, and then from there …on to England for the summer, to take in the Olympic vibes, sights and sounds. Will still check in to the ‘happenings’ here, and also hope I can post.
    Cheers, me lovelies.

  33. July 4, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Coming up on White House live:

    10:50 AM EDT President Obama Speaks at a Naturalization Ceremony for Active Duty Service Members

    6:00 PM EDT President Obama and The First Lady Attend a Fourth of July Celebration

    8:10 PM EDT Independence Day Celebration from the White House

    Watch live as the White House hosts the fourth annual USO “Salute to the Military” concert with country music star Brad Paisley and see the July 4th fireworks show over the National Mall from a view on the South Lawn.

  34. 121 ChristiMTL
    July 4, 2012 at 9:48 am

    After reading 4morefor44 comment on the hack Lloyd Grove and his man crush on Romney…I read the article in question in the Daily Beast….omg

    Indeed, so many neatly dressed, well-behaved Mitt Romney supporters showed up—something over 500—that a fastidious fire marshal decreed that dozens would not be admitted into the cavernous, air-conditioned company warehouse where the putative future president was to speak, and instead had them stand in the sweltering sun to listen over the public address system.

    Neatly dressed ??

    Finally, the man of the hour.

    “Please welcome the next president of the United States,” McDonnell crowed, and the crowd began a chant of “Mitt! Mitt! Mitt!”

    Viewed from the press pen, behind steel barricades, nearly 100 feet away, Romney looked evenly tanned, his sideburns slightly more silvery than when we last saw him in the flesh during the Florida primary, and very keyed up. He spoke in a rush, as though he was trying to communicate thoughts of great importance but was perpetually in danger of running out of breath.

    Yea…of great importance.

    What a difference between these 2 articles!!…….he portrayed the President as desperate…….what a stupid gop tool.


    • 122 carolyn
      July 4, 2012 at 9:57 am

      That is high school level journalism, someone writing about the prom queen! Gag!

    • 123 4morefor44
      July 4, 2012 at 10:03 am

      creepy, huh? it would be one thing if mittbot wasn’t such a ridiculous liar at all times, and PBO wasn’t such an exceptional person on so many levels, but given the truth about these two people, anybody fawning over mittbot is just plain weird.

  35. July 4, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Happy Independence day TODers! Enjoy your day!

  36. 127 amk for obama
    July 4, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Yay, Fedex in Wimbledon QF.

  37. 130 globalcitizenlinda
    July 4, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Happy Independence Day to TODville and all!

    Happy Birthday Malia Obama!

    and yes Happy Birthday to me too – had my sixteenth birthday years later, I am still just sixteen (found the age I wanted and stuck with it)

  38. 132 donna dem 4 obama
    July 4, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Good Morning TOD!

    Happy 4th of July and Happy Birthday to Ms. Malia Obama and our very own Christimtl

  39. July 4, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Hear is why the House Democrats run away from the ACA(except a few).
    No public option and the PCCC says they will not donate to anybody that dies not stick up for the Public option.

    • 135 lisalovesobama
      July 4, 2012 at 10:21 am

      PCCC. Should shut up and fight for a dem victory come the Fall. I’m so fricking sick of these so called liberals and progressives.

      • 136 majiir
        July 4, 2012 at 1:32 pm

        Norbrook did a post on the PCCC a while back. He really did his research. His findings showed that PCCC has a terrible record at choosing progressive candidates and getting them elected. PCCC seems to be more talk than action. Norbrook also revealed that a lot of the money PCCC receives, which is supposed to be for electing progressive political candidates, actually goes into the pockets of a few people associated with PCCC. Green types things on his site and sends out fundraising emails, but does none of the work necessary to getting more progressive candidates elected to Congress.

    • 137 ChristiMTL
      July 4, 2012 at 10:26 am

      what’s the PCCC? Is it Adam Green? if it is…this fraud is in the same category as Jane Hamsher…they never supported the President

    • 139 amk for obama
      July 4, 2012 at 10:27 am

      Why would pccc’s childish stand make house dems run from aca ? Your conclusion doesn’t make sense.

    • 144 Betsy
      July 4, 2012 at 10:59 am

      The PCCC is a has been and don’t realize it yet.

  40. 145 amk for obama
    July 4, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Via BJ

    For nearly 15 years, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s financial portfolio has included an offshore company that remained invisible to voters as his political star rose.

    Based in Bermuda, Sankaty High Yield Asset Investors Ltd. was not listed on any of Romney’s state or federal financial reports. The company is among several Romney holdings that have not been fully disclosed, including one that recently posted a $1.9 million earning — suggesting he could be wealthier than the nearly $250 million estimated by his campaign.

    The omissions were permitted by state and federal authorities overseeing Romney’s ethics filings, and he has never been cited for failing to disclose information about his money. But Romney’s limited disclosures deprive the public of an accurate depiction of his wealth and a clear understanding of how his assets are handled and taxed, according to experts in private equity, tax and campaign finance law.


    • 146 Pamela
      July 4, 2012 at 10:28 am

      The biggest myth of all, that Myth Robney is worth only as little as 250 million… In those circles, that is a hill of beans. Even old man McDemented was worth almost a billion…. I have never bought into this smokescreen of Rmoney’s money. It’s bullsh*te. It will all come out into the Light. He’s done for.

  41. 147 Pamela
    July 4, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Happy Birthday, christiMTL!

  42. 149 4morefor44
    July 4, 2012 at 10:32 am

    on this 4th, i’ve been thinking about this talking point the republicans and msm birthed decades ago about “we should run america like a business!!” apparently there’s a hidden reference to the profit-motive embedded into the constitution somewhere?!? how about turning that around?

    we should be running businesses like america! now that’s patriotic! democracy, and more importantly the u.s. constitution, as the guiding principle instead of the greedy profit-motive. even all those libertarians like ron paul, who wrap themselves in the constitution literally every time they utter a sentence, should be onboard with this! there are plenty of examples of nonprofit business models being extremely successful with 10s of thousands of employees and billions in revenue. happy independence day, everyone!

  43. July 4, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Editor, the Gazette:

    President Obama is focused on getting more Americans back to work, putting more money into the pockets of those who are working and creating an economy that’s built to last. That’s why the president’s jobs plan would put first responders on the streets and teachers in the classrooms.

    Republican Mitt Romney recently made out-of-touch comments that we don’t need more teachers, firefighters and police officers. It’s a good reminder that he has a track record of cutting important public-sector jobs.


  44. July 4, 2012 at 10:32 am

    For Daughters of the American Revolution, a New Chapter


    Published: July 3, 2012

    Olivia Cousins can trace her family in the United States to a soldier who joined the rebelling colonists when he was just 17. But when a friend suggested she join the Daughters of the American Revolution, an organization whose members can prove they are related to someone who aided the rebels in 1776, Dr. Cousins nearly laughed

    Dr. Cousins is black. And the D.A.R., as it is commonly called, is a historically white organization with a record of excluding blacks so ugly that Eleanor Roosevelt renounced her membership in protest.

    Yet last week, in a circa-1857 stone chapel in Jamaica, Queens, Dr. Cousins was named an officer in a small ceremony establishing a new chapter. Her daughter took photos. The pictures documented a singular moment for the D.A.R., founded in 1890: 5 of the 13 members of the new chapter are black.

    Perhaps more strikingly, the Queens chapter is one of the first in the organization’s nearly 122-year history that was started by a black woman: Wilhelmena Rhodes Kelly, from Rosedale, who is also its regent, or president. Ms. Kelly traces her origins to the relationship between a slaveholder and a slave, who appear to have considered themselves married, and her new position is part of a remarkable journey for both her family and the organization.


  45. 152 ber6964
    July 4, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Good Morning TOD and Happy Forth of July America.
    Hope everyone one has an enjoyable day.

  46. 153 amk for obama
    July 4, 2012 at 10:36 am

    Throughout the month of June, three major companies broke ranks from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, announcing that they do not support its stance against Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act. These announcements came at the heels of an extensive grassroots advocacy campaign, with Raise Hope for Congo and Global Witness activists urging companies to step up for 1502. Such outspokenness from industry leaders comes as a huge success to the conflict minerals movement, and more companies should follow suit.

    On June 27, the Enough Project, Global Witness, and five other human rights groups called on other leading electronics and automotive companies to make public statements against the Chamber’s threats to overturn section 1502, which addresses the trade in conflict minerals by armed groups in eastern Congo.

    Section 1502 requires companies that use conflict minerals— tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold sourced from Congo and its neighboring countries—to carry out due diligence on their supply chains and report publicly on the steps they have taken. In May, the UK-based Business and Human Rights Resource Centre wrote to prominent electronics and automotive companies asking them to clarify their positions on the Chamber’s attempts to derail section 1502. In the following weeks, Microsoft, General Electric, and Motorola Solutions took a stand and separated themselves from the Chamber’s position on conflict minerals.

    Other companies—most notably AT&T, Dell, HP, IBM, Intel, Motorola Mobility, and Verizon—have responded but failed to take a firm stance on the issue.


  47. July 4, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Republicans and anti-abortion groups announce: sunshine is no longer the best disinfectant

    By Kay July 4th, 2012

    When Republicans told us that they wanted to gut campaign finance laws, they said it wouldn’t matter, because they would support reporting and disclosure requirements. Sunshine is the best disinfectant. For anyone who relied on their solemn, heart-felt, good-government vows to support disclosure and reporting requirements, I got news for you.

    They all lied:
    During their long campaign to loosen rules on campaign money, conservatives argued that there was a simpler way to prevent corruption: transparency. Get rid of limits on contributions and spending, they said, but make sure voters know where the money is coming from.
    Today, with those fundraising restrictions largely removed, many conservatives have changed their tune. They now say disclosure could be an enemy of free speech.

    High-profile donors could face bullying and harassment from liberals out to “muzzle” their opponents, Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said in a recent speech. Corporations could be subject to boycotts and pickets, warned the Wall Street Journal editorial page this spring. Democrats “want to intimidate people into not giving to these conservative efforts,” said Republican strategist Karl Rove on Fox News. “I think it’s shameful.”

    Boycotts and pickets! In other words, corporations could be subject to political speech, in response to their political speech. The unfairness of it all! You mean, people get to… talk back under this liberal “free speech” scheme? Who knew? Is that in the Tea Party Constitution?

    “Disclosure is the one area where [conservatives] haven’t won,” said Richard Briffault, an election law professor at Columbia Law School. “This is the next frontier for them.

    Anti-abortion groups are leaders in suing to gut campaign finance, disclosure and reporting rules. Recently, anti-abortion groups targeted the state of Vermont’s laws regulating campaign finance and disclosure. They lost this round, but they’ll be back.


  48. 156 ber6964
    July 4, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Chips missed your 11 million Milestone….But here’s to 12 million. Congrats……….. You are Fabulous.

  49. July 4, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Who cares about the Veepstakes? They make it seem, like everybody is interested! Not so much.

  50. July 4, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Good morning TOD. Happy July 4th. Have a great day Christimtl. I see the Prez serving you birthday cupcakes,that
    should make your day. 🙂 Again thank you Chips for this oasis.

  51. 159 Smoothscotch
    July 4, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Happy 4th of July all TODers.

  52. 160 Smoothscotch
    July 4, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Happy Happy Birthday Christimtl,

    Happy Birthday Malia.

    Both of you have a special great day.

  53. 161 sjterrid
    July 4, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Happy Independence day, TOD. I hope you all have a great day.

    Happy Birthday to Malia, Christi, and globalcitizen!

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