Rise and Shine



Sandusky Register




9:40: President Obama tours Summer Garden Food Manufacturing, Boardman, Ohio

10:45: Delivers remarks at Dobbins Elementary School, Poland, Ohio

1:50: Delivers remarks at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

3:10: Departs Pittsburgh

4:25: Arrives at the White House

4:55: Holds an event at the White House with construction workers and college students to sign HR 4348

6:00: Departs the White House en route Camp David



Morning everyone 😉

158 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 JER
    July 6, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Good Morning All.

    • July 6, 2012 at 8:35 am

      Congrats, Jer. Hope everyone is having a great Friday. Me, had to cancel a trip out of town due to nasty storm, lightening and rain. Hey, I get to spend a few precious minutes on TOD.

      Happy Friday everyone. Thanks Chips for the excellent coverage. Boy that baby video is intoxicating. Love it. We should make it go viral, too. Love it.

    • July 6, 2012 at 8:35 am

      Morning JER, morning everyone.

      • 4 utaustinliberal
        July 6, 2012 at 8:57 am

        Morning Chips! I remember this moment. It was Motown night and Jamie Foxx was teasing VP Biden and cracking everyone up. Ahhhh….good times. 😀

        • 5 vcprezofan2
          July 6, 2012 at 9:20 am

          Good Morning, Utal, our walking PBO Admin encyclopaedia! 😆 I’m curious. I know you have a formidable brain, but do you also happen to have a photographic memory?

    • 6 hopefruit2
      July 6, 2012 at 8:40 am

      G’morning Chips, TOD, everyone, and congratulations JER on #1!

    • 9 vcprezofan2
      July 6, 2012 at 8:31 am

      Oops! 😳 That didn’t work.

      Good Morning, Chips & TODville! 😆 😆 It’s Friday, and who knows, maybe you guys will wait for me to do my shopping before the excitement explodes. 😆

  2. 11 amk for obama
    July 6, 2012 at 8:30 am

    GM Folks.

  3. 14 vcprezofan2
    July 6, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Morning Jer, Africa & ‘Afternoon’ AMK!

  4. 18 LOL
    July 6, 2012 at 8:33 am

    UE at 8.2%—not shabby

  5. 20 Pamela
    July 6, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Good morning, good day!

  6. 22 vcprezofan2
    July 6, 2012 at 8:36 am

    What a happy baby! I’ll take one like him. 😆 Parents must be doing a great job providing a stress-free environment. Kudos to them!

  7. July 6, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Please ignore the MSM reports of the “disappointing” jobs reports. Just my prediction- from now on until the election, the corporations are NOT going to hire because they want a narrative to damage PBO. I urge everyone here and elsewhere to NOT fall for this ploy and the MSM’s spin. This is their ONLY hope to save Willard because he has absolutely NOTHING going for him. Instead of hiring, these corporations are throwing millions to Willard’s campaign. And the media is complicit. That’s where our focus should be.

    • 25 anniebella
      July 6, 2012 at 8:54 am

      hopefruit2, I agree with you 100%. About the sorry MSM and the corporations sitting on trillions and refusing to hire. I remember Rev. Al saying this exactly same thing months ago. He ask the question why weren’t the companies hiring? Never got a answer.

      • 26 Bill
        July 6, 2012 at 9:05 am

        Anniebella, the companies are not hiring because of lack of demand or in other words people are not buying enough of their stuff. That is why we need PBO’s jobs bill.

    • 28 57andFemale
      July 6, 2012 at 9:23 am

      It’s not a question of falling for it. It’s how we have to counter it. Most of the country doesn’t have a clue why the jobs numbers are low and of course we know it’s the Republican Congress.

      How many jobs would have been added had PBO’s jobs initiatives been enacted? If the highway bill had been passed months ago while jobs lingered?

      We need a ready response with actual numbers of the JOBS LOST because of Republican politics. And how much of the money paid to those workers would go back to public coffers and into the economy. Just because the government ‘creates’ an infrastructure job doesn’t mean the money goes up in smoke. It’s paid back to SS, Medicare, the public treasury. It buys school books and cars and clothes and homes. It supports local restaurants and grocery stores. It REMOVES people from Medicaid and food stamps. What does it SAVE the government to put someone to work fixing the broken infrastructure?

      • 29 cluny
        July 6, 2012 at 9:38 am


        • 30 cluny
          July 6, 2012 at 9:41 am

          57 – these are all brilliant points – we should contact the campaign/ofa and get them to provide or suggest where to get details that the campaign would be happy for us to cite and then keep pushing.

  8. 31 cookemom
    July 6, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Unemployment remains at 8.2% with 80,000 jobs added in June. It’s being touted as very disappointing, with 2nd half of year predicted to be slow, due to Europe stuff. So hang on to your uppers folks, expect all kinds of stuffs, til the next poutroversy.

    • 32 hopefruit2
      July 6, 2012 at 8:44 am

      Hello cookemom, we need to hit back promptly and aggressively at the MSM’s spin. We need to challenge the same corporations who are sitting on trillions of dollars in cash – donating to Willard’s campaign and not hiring millions of people – just to put one man out of a job.

      We need to let scumbags like Mark Knoller and Chuckie Toad that we’re on to their dirty, dishonest and corrupt game of spinning every damn report as a negative statement on our hardest-working president. We SIMPLY ARE NOT GOING TO HAVE IT. NOT THIS TIME!

      • 33 cluny
        July 6, 2012 at 8:57 am

        I agree – go on ofense – blame those responsible for the slow down – republicans. PBO isn’t a dictator – that damned lazy congress has to act. Thank god they didn’t have a say in going after Bin Laden or the GM restructure – they would have effed that up for sure!

      • 34 cookemom
        July 6, 2012 at 9:29 am

        I’ve always advocated for media pushback, but I don’t hold them in quite the disdain as many here do. To me, they are folks doing the job they get paid to do. It’s up to us to educate ourselves and spread the fact based truth. I don’t hand wring one way or the other. I don’t give power to the MSM to make me think the sky is in a perpetual free fall. I can’t think of one pundit who I care enough about to get all riled up. So sorry, it’s all poutroversey to me, the real deal is our GOTV efforts, contributions, and spreading the word to those we come in contact with.

        • 35 cluny
          July 6, 2012 at 9:36 am

          A lot of what you say i true cokemon but Dems have a lot of rotten surrogates. Steve Benen is a brilliant strategist in my opinion – if odinary PBO supporters pushed back en masse via twitter using Benen talking points we could at least be on the record – that way the media can’t hide in the shadows or control as much of the narrative as it once did pre social media. We have to shame them into action or at least provide firm pushback – it’s one of teh few weapons we have and should use it. No one does PBO any favours by staying silent – especially with so many crappy, know it all ‘surrogates’ like Booker, Rendell etc. It’s a fight.

          • 36 cookemom
            July 6, 2012 at 9:54 am

            I never said to stay quiet. I always advocate pushback to the media via media bombs, twitter/twatter, emails and calls. Those can be very effective. What I don’t do is set my own hair on fire because of what some paid lackey reads from a script handed out at that morning’s staff meeting. I have no idea how these folks vote or their personal political leanings. I just get tired of all the MSM gnashing of teeth that goes on. It’s misdirected energy that is better used doing something to get folks to the voting booth. In my mind, if something upsets so much that it causes despair and angst 24/7, then it’s time to turn to some easy listening music. We have some great surrogates, but we won’t see them on TV. They are not invited. Knowing this means we have to go around the chattering cable clowns, not get on line screaming to high heavens about the disservice the MSM does again and again. Also, by MSM, I refer to cable, network national news, and the Sunday shows, cause I haven’t seen it at the local level. I visit right wing sites daily and you’d be surprised that they feel the exact same way about the MSM, even more so.

        • 37 hopefruit2
          July 6, 2012 at 10:14 am

          Cookemom, with all due respect I have to disagree with you when you say that:

          “they are folks doing the job they get paid to do.”

          No they are NOT doing the job they are paid to do. These people are being paid 6-figure salaries to report facts about events. Instead they are pushing partisan opinions as “facts” misinforming voters, burying and suppressing key bits of useful information, while over emphasizing and hyping other nonessential items.

          Because of the media, we have an electorate that is largely ignorant, which is a dangerous thing, in my opinon.
          It was the media who enabled Bush to lie us into a war in Iraq. It was the media who swiftboated John Kerry and allowed Bush a second term. It was the media who distracted us with all sorts of trivialities like Michael Jackson and Lindsay Lohan while Bush/Cheney/Co were destroying this economy.

          And currently it is the media trying its darndest to get Romney elected. Don’t underestimate the MSM’s agenda and determination to get PBO out of the whitehouse. The media is a menace to society and a danger to democracy.

          • 38 cookemom
            July 6, 2012 at 10:39 am

            Sorry, but they get paid to do what they are doing or they’d be fired. They are pundits, who are on cable news channels vying for ratings and advertisement dollars. You are harking back to the days of yore when there was an animal called the journalist. That animal is on the endangered species list, soon to become extinct. IMO, there is too much emphasis given to the cable chatterers. Most people do not even watch them, and they don’t consider themselves news, but rather infomercial outlets. I appreciate your feelings, but the media just doesn’t rise to the same level with me. I could cut and paste your response to the media on a right wing blog site and I’d be a welcome member to the group. Don’t get me wrong, they should have a responsibility, that they are failing to honor, but again, that’s if you want to hold them to the old business model of the past. They have moved on from that, accept it, and work around it. Most people’s real lives don’t hinge on what some highly paid TV personality has to say.

            PS: As long as the local news, that local communities watch, remain unbiased we have a chance to overcome what the cable folks are saying. Make sure you keep on the local outlets to do the right thing.

  9. July 6, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Steve Benen: Stephanie Miller’s sister

    Those who followed the 2004 race closely may recall a campaign commercial called, “Ashley’s Story.” A far-group blanketed the airwaves in swing states with the ad, featuring a photo of President George W. Bush hugging an Ohio girl named Ashley Faulkner, whose mother was killed in the 9/11 attacks.

    It became one of the year’s most important moments for the right — conservatives created the now-defunct AshleysStory.com….

    ….I have no idea if anyone on the left is poised to launch StephaniesStory.com, making her the centerpiece of a massive media campaign. For that matter, if anyone wanted to use this emotional moment to make a larger point, I suspect the right would start peeking in her windows in an effort to discredit her.

    But the larger point is there are a lot of Stephanie Millers in America and far too many people who’ve found themselves in the shoes of her sister, Kelly Hines. And while Republicans continue to argue that the uninsured just aren’t important, for now we have a president who’s championing those who know better.


    • July 6, 2012 at 9:57 am

      Wow, perfect example of PBO’s fight for everyday Americans. My hubby benefits enormously with medication cost, one that we were rationing for a long time before ACA. So many people are positively impacted by this. Girl at my job told me now she can relax because her daughter who turned 18 will remain on her insurance as she goes to college. Lots of stories to be told.

  10. 45 cluny
    July 6, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Not a great number but at least PBO isn’t OUTSOURCING any jobs – imagine what that would be like. And if the rethugs in congress thought about the people that were paying their salaries and voted to give aid to the states for firemen, teachers, police and infrustructure those numbers would be a whole lot higher. We just need to say ‘at least we’re adding jobs and would be adding a lot more is the rebubs weren’t deliberately sabotaging the economy’. Tweet Boehner et al – ‘why aren’t you passing any jobs bills’.

  11. 46 amk for obama
    July 6, 2012 at 8:56 am

  12. July 6, 2012 at 8:59 am

    Steve Benen: …. I’d also note for context that, so far in 2012, the economy has created over 950,000 private-sector jobs, which is underwhelming, but is already better than five of the eight years of the Bush/Cheney era.


  13. 48 utaustinliberal
    July 6, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Don’t listen to the pundits guys. These are the facts and I’m breaking them down tweet by tweet.

  14. 49 ourmanflint
    July 6, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Good morning Chips and TOD family!!! Great post!!!

  15. 50 anniebella
    July 6, 2012 at 9:03 am

    We are still adding jobs, as the President keep saying we know there is more work to do. What I will tell any media person or anyone else, give this President a Congress which will work with him and you will see jobs numbers improve faster.

    • 51 anniebella
      July 6, 2012 at 9:13 am

      This is the reason the Republicans from day one had been sabotaging this economy, so they could blame the President. But I don’t think it will work, because there is a work that people can’t and never will associate with Mitt Romney, that word is trust. Who do you think understand your concerns, who do you trust ? President Barack Obama that’s who.

    • 52 57andFemale
      July 6, 2012 at 9:32 am

      “Here are the jobs Congress refuses to create………” These are people who might now need food stamps or Medicaid instead of paying back into the system for their SS and Medicare and vital government services and for the common good of the American people. These are the people who can’t afford school books or new shoes or new clothes for school in September.

      Those people could be fixing our crumbling water infrastructure to help during a drought. These are people who could be fighting fires from the parched land. These are people who could be repairing a bridge or laying broadband cable. These are people who, by the very work they do, pay back to the American commons.

    • 53 kefauver
      July 6, 2012 at 11:19 am

      “give this President a Congress which will work with him and you will see jobs numbers improve faster.”


  16. 55 hopefruit2
    July 6, 2012 at 9:03 am

    This is an example of what I’m talking about. IGNORE MSM SPIN!!!

  17. 56 amk for obama
    July 6, 2012 at 9:03 am

  18. July 6, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Bloomberg: Mitt Romney has suggested that President Barack Obama has done a worse job managing the economy than Jimmy Carter. Investors disagree.

    The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index of stock prices has surged 70 percent under Obama, more than three times the 19 percent increase seen during President Carter’s first 3-1/2 years in office starting in 1977. The corporate and government bond markets also have outperformed, with yields falling rather than rising. And the dollar has fared better, dropping about 4 percent against major currencies since Obama took over, compared with an almost 20 percent decline under Carter at a similar time in his tenure.

    “We were seen as the weak sister back then,” as the U.S. struggled to free hostages seized by Iran from the American embassy in Tehran, said David Jones, the 74-year-old chief executive officer of DMJ Advisors in Denver, Colorado. “Now we’re the safe haven.”


  19. 58 utaustinliberal
    July 6, 2012 at 9:04 am

    • 59 anniebella
      July 6, 2012 at 9:16 am

      UT, you are so right these pundits won’t tell any of this, probably because they don’t know it.

  20. 60 utaustinliberal
    July 6, 2012 at 9:04 am

  21. July 6, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Paul Krugman: In a better America, Mitt Romney would be running for president on the strength of his major achievement as governor of Massachusetts: a health reform that was identical in all important respects to the health reform enacted by President Obama …. In reality, however, Mr. Romney is doing no such thing, bitterly denouncing the Supreme Court for upholding the constitutionality of his own health care plan. His case for becoming president relies, instead, on his claim that, having been a successful businessman, he knows how to create jobs.

    This, in turn, means that however much the Romney campaign may wish otherwise, the nature of that business career is fair game. How did Mr. Romney make all that money? Was it in ways suggesting that what was good for Bain Capital, the private equity firm that made him rich, would also be good for America?

    And the answer is no.

    …. what was good for Bain Capital definitely wasn’t good for America. And, as I said at the beginning, the Obama campaign has every right to point that out.


    • 62 susanne
      July 6, 2012 at 4:05 pm

      the obama campaign has not just a right, but a duty to point out the dirty dealings in romney’s bain history, because the press is mostly owned by republican-led businesses like bain.

    • 63 Cha
      July 6, 2012 at 5:01 pm

      Hear that, Booker, Clinton, and Rendell? Good.

  22. 64 utaustinliberal
    July 6, 2012 at 9:07 am

    • 65 jackiegrumbacher
      July 6, 2012 at 9:13 am

      Ut, have I told you lately how much I love you and what you are doing to set the record straight. You are a one-woman truth machine and are an inspiration to us all. I truly stand in awe!

      • 66 utaustinliberal
        July 6, 2012 at 9:25 am

        Awwww…thank you so much. I have a huge grin on my face. We’re not going to let the media and their rightwing pals steal this election and this moment from us. We will always, always continue to fight for Pres. Obama because his America is one of progress, economic success, kindness, compassion, an educated electorate, energy independence, equality, diversity, fairness, community, and justice. 😀

    • 69 kefauver
      July 6, 2012 at 11:24 am

      Thanks for these unreported “factoids,” UTAL. I love ’em. Keep them coming! Imagine what we would be seeing if Congress actually passed the American Jobs Act?!

    • 70 nathkatun7
      July 6, 2012 at 2:44 pm

      UT, thank you for spreading the TRUTH and shaming the smug media pundits. You are doing a wonderful job!

    • July 6, 2012 at 9:11 am

      Excellent, Eve – so, so, so true:

      “In view of the GOP’s herculean nihilism, the fact that any jobs were created in June is something of a miracle, although this miracle, like all reported miracles, possesses a rational explanation. Had President Obama not accomplished what he indeed accomplished during his first three years, this morning the media would be reporting yet another month’s news about the Great Depression II.


      • 73 jackiegrumbacher
        July 6, 2012 at 9:26 am

        The president has an enormous drag weight–the GOP led House– that he has to pull behind him to move the economy forward. Restore a Democratic congress and he has a partner in the race, not a dead weight on his back. If I were a cartoonist I’d show the president running with all his heart with the whole US Congress glued to his ankle. Carpenter is right on the money. No other president in history could have accomplished so much for the economy and continued to add jobs with a Congress this determined to undermine both him and the American people for political gain. They are traitors, pure and simple. Every Democratic representative elected to replace an R this November is a victory for America. Every day I realize how brilliant the term FORWARD is to represent the president’s re-election campaign.

  23. 74 CEB
    July 6, 2012 at 9:11 am

    How can thousands of people who have jobs that did not have them before be bad news of any sort? As long as jobs are not being lost, the news is good. There is also the logic that as more people are hired fewer people need jobs so of course, the number of new hires will go down. I do not understand all of this dread on the right and the left when the monthly job reports come out. Sheesh!

  24. 75 amk for obama
    July 6, 2012 at 9:12 am

    fedex-joker split a set at Wimbledon semis.

  25. 78 hopefruit2
    July 6, 2012 at 9:14 am

  26. 79 utaustinliberal
    July 6, 2012 at 9:15 am

    • 80 criquet
      July 6, 2012 at 9:30 am

      Good morning all.

      Hi UT, saw this tweet about May numbers revised up to 105K. You have 77K. Were the states public sector lay offs upped too?

  27. 81 hopefruit2
    July 6, 2012 at 9:16 am

    These are the kinds of FACTS we need to push back hard on the MSM’s bullshyte narrative about 80,000 added jobs being “disappointing.”

    • 82 anniebella
      July 6, 2012 at 9:24 am

      You’re right the MSM want to push this doom and gloom narrative, specially doing an election.

  28. 83 COS
    July 6, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Good morningChips and everyone. A video of Romney spinning bad job numbers while he was governor. I saw the newslady play it this morning on Current.

    A new video unearthed by the liberal research group American Bridge shows Romney at a press conference in June 2006 admonishing reporters on disappointing jobs data. “You guys are bright enough to look at the numbers. I came in and the jobs had been just falling right off a cliff, I came in and they kept falling for 11 months,” he explains.

    “And if you are going to suggest to me that somehow the day I got elected, somehow jobs should have immediately turned around, well that would be silly. It takes awhile to get things turned around. We were in a recession, we were losing jobs every month,” he added.

  29. July 6, 2012 at 9:19 am

    I like Jen Granholm’s sense of humor.

  30. 95 ChristiMTL
    July 6, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Morning everyone……

    Ok so I was expecting this this morning…..I used to worry about job reports now I really don’t care because regardless what the figures are, the msm have the same message, it’s bad news for the President, they NEVER talk about the teabaggers in Congress who block every initiatives for job growth or that the GOP are still blocking the AJA

    Eff them.

    I’ll do like the rest of you and hit Twitter

    Social networks are the only tools we have but it’s powerful.

  31. 96 utaustinliberal
    July 6, 2012 at 9:20 am

  32. 97 Ladyhawke
    July 6, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Obamacare Is A Major Tax Cut For Middle Class Families


    Following the Supreme Court’s Affordable Care Act ruling, Republicans — including Mitt Romney — have vigorously insisted that the Affordable Care Act is a tax on the American people. But instead of being a tax increase, Obamacare will provide millions of families with large tax credits to make health care more affordable. Only about 1 percent of Americans who could afford health care but don’t buy coverage would have to pay the tax, and the penalty would only be an average of $600. The Center for American Progress shows how Obamacare is actually a major tax cut for many families:



  33. July 6, 2012 at 9:21 am

    Keith Boykin‏@keithboykin

    New video: Mitt Romney makes the case for Barack Obama’s jobs record: http://youtu.be/zaQCBH9kPOc

  34. 100 amk for obama
    July 6, 2012 at 9:24 am

  35. July 6, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Here’s my take – 28 months of job growth (donating $28)…80,000 new jobs (donating $80 – wished I had $80,000 to donate).

  36. 102 TrumpDog
    July 6, 2012 at 9:28 am

    So what the fuck was that bullshit number that was being reported yesterday????

    • 103 Bill
      July 6, 2012 at 9:34 am

      It was the ADP number. ADP is a company that does payrolls, but is not an official number, simply an indicator used by pundits.

  37. 104 ChristiMTL
    July 6, 2012 at 9:29 am

    I just checked Chuck Todd TL on Twitter.

    Chuck Todd ‏@chucktodd

    And now to begin deleting the 50 useless partisan responses to the jobs report.

    50m Chuck Todd Chuck Todd ‏@chucktodd

    And the 2ndQ goes out with a whimper… just 80K jobs added in June… coupled with weak May and April.

    I think it’s miracle that jobs are created in this environment, knowing that corporations are not hiring deliberately, that the GOP governors are cutting jobs right, left and sideways and the corrupt Republicans in Congress are deliberately sabotaging the economy.

    I remember those ”pundits” saying every weeks in June that it was the President worst week ever!…They really didn’t know how to spin the President job approval numbers. It didn’t fit their narrative.

  38. July 6, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Oh, Chips, that baby video at the top is just the sweetest, cutest thing EVAH. So much joy in both their faces.

  39. 109 utaustinliberal
    July 6, 2012 at 9:29 am

    • 110 anniebella
      July 6, 2012 at 9:38 am

      And Governor Romney in that video is boasting over 50,000 jobs. We are heading in the right direction and I trust the President to keep leading us in the right direction, all we have to do is clean the House. And the Senate in the Dems hands.

      • 111 Pamela
        July 6, 2012 at 10:35 am

        Boasting, meanwhile, knowing full well he was outsourcing with reckless abandon for the secure future of the US economy and the American worker?

  40. 113 japa21
    July 6, 2012 at 9:32 am

    While we don’t want to sugarcoat the jobs numbers, we also don’t want to dive off the deep end. First, we need to put everything in perspective and then work on a way to counteract what is sure to be a lot of negativity. Let us first look at the key points.

    1. The number is certainly not a good number, specially when you consider that it is estimated that we need a job growth of about 120,000 per month to keep even with population growth.
    2. The growth numbers the past several months have been weaker than those prior to that period.
    3. This just happens to correspond with the bulk of the stimulus funds drying up.
    4. During that period the Republicans have not produced one bill that would actually create jobs until last week, when the transportation bill was passed.
    5. Last week also ended a lot of the uncertainty about ACA. Although conservatives will tell you that small businesses especially hate it, a survey of small businesses shows the opposite to be the case.
    6. We are, whether we like it or not, in a global economy and what happens elsewhere in the world impacts us. As people elsewhere are suffering and have less money to buy US goods, it impacts the hiring here.
    7. Foreign tourism is down, which impacts the money spent here and thus also impacts job growth.
    8. With the passage of the transportation bill, we can expect to see a growth in construction hiring as well as manufacturing for those items used in infrastructure building. There is little doubt that work on projects was being delayed waiting to see what would happen. With a 2 year bill in place (still shorter than normal) there is some confidence in the money being there to finish projects once started.
    9. In other words, there are pluses and minuses (and note I did not include some of the items mentioned earlier in the thread).

    It is important that the responsibility for the slowdown be placed where it belongs, on the Republicans in the House and Senate. It is important to get to town hall meetings of those folks and challenge them on why they are more focused on a relatively meaningless deficit instead of creating jobs. Lower employment means more money spent on unemployment, food stamps, Medicare, etc. Higher employment not only reduces those expenditures but increases tax revenue.

    Letters to the editors also can have some influence. Call out the Republican representatives by name. Do not let them get away with blaming the President when they hold the purse strings.

    • 114 cookemom
      July 6, 2012 at 10:09 am

      Excellent post. I’m all for putting the attention where it belongs….on republicans who are sabotaging growth; corporations who have high productivity and profit levels with fewer employees and less wages; and people who don’t educate themselves about what’s going on around them. If we put all of our energy on what the cable channels are saying, we are falling into a trap of tsk, tsk, tsking instead of do, do, doing.

  41. 117 amk for obama
    July 6, 2012 at 9:35 am

  42. July 6, 2012 at 9:38 am


  43. 121 utaustinliberal
    July 6, 2012 at 9:38 am

  44. July 6, 2012 at 9:40 am

    As long as the UE rate does not tick up and we are still creating jobs, we should be alright.
    Robney has one plan, blame Obama.
    That is not going to get it done, people ate looking for answers and the only answer Robney has, is to blame Obama.
    Again, unless their is a double dip recession, Robney will not win.
    Now Congress is a different story, I think the House will remain Tea bagged, and the Senate will be at 50-50!

  45. 126 JER
    July 6, 2012 at 9:50 am

    President Barack Obama is wrapping up his Betting on America bus tour across Ohio with two stops in the Valley Friday morning.

    Obama ate breakfast at Ann’s in Akron, and left at about 8:45 a.m. to head to the Valley. People lined the plaza parking lot across from restaurant. One man held an Obama 2012 sign.

    The President ordered two eggs over easy, bacon and wheat toast. He added grits at a waitress’ suggestion.

    “What’s going on?” he asked after bounding off his campaign bus and entering the small diner.

    He shook everyone’s hand as they paused from plates of pancakes and eggs.

    “Keep up the good work,” one diner called out.

    “Thanks for joining me,” Obama said as he sat at the corner of the counter. More: http://www.wkbn.com/content/news/local/story/UPDATE-Obama-Motorcade-Approaching-Boardman/E9pmSUFr1k2cdueB2EAmEw.cspx

    • 127 Bill
      July 6, 2012 at 9:53 am

      No cheezy grits?

    • 129 PoliticalJunkessa
      July 6, 2012 at 10:27 am


      “Keep up the good work” indeed! I’m glad that was reported.

      Tremble, Mittens, tremble! You can’t match this.

    • July 6, 2012 at 10:35 am

      great link, have it on the background now, listening to the music and crowd chants waiting for PBO 🙂

    • 131 veryslowwriter
      July 6, 2012 at 12:11 pm

      I am reminded of something I read a month or two back. It seems Romney needed to renew his driver’s license so it was set up that he went to the office of the director of the DMV (or whatever it’s called in Massachusetts) and did whatever needed to be done. All quiet and private. Contrast that to what PBO would have done. He’d have gone into the local DMV office and waded into the crowd. By the time he was finished he’d have shaken every hand, posed for pictures, joked with the staff, and left everyone swooning with joy.
      He’d also have renewed his license AND created a few dozen more supporters.
      Romneybot wouldn’t dream of doing that. I think that for him, the hardest part is having to mingle with the proles. And that’s PBO’s favorite part.

  46. 132 a4alice
    July 6, 2012 at 9:50 am

  47. 133 Bill
    July 6, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Fedx leads 2 sets to 1.

  48. 135 ChristiMTL
    July 6, 2012 at 9:53 am

    omg Chuck Todd just said……is it your implication that Congress is slowing job growth?…..he really think we’re stupid.

    • 136 cookemom
      July 6, 2012 at 10:00 am

      and the person he directed the question to said yes. In my mind we needed that question asked so that folks would here the answer. The answer was more important than the question. I’m glad he asked it. That’s better than him reading from the staff meeting notes.

    • 138 japa21
      July 6, 2012 at 10:01 am

      Number one, he has little to no impact in the real world. Number two, just rasing the question is good, even if he sounds skeptical about it. The more the question is asked the more people will think about it and come to the conclusion that the answer is yes.
      Republicans know there history and know that FDR’s efforts to get us out of the Great Depression were working until he gave in to his Secretary of the Treasury and started focusing on the deficit. Then we went into a recession again.
      I do think PBO made a mistake by giving credence to the deficit and debt talk. In retrospect, I wish he had said something more like, “Yes, I agree that we would be better off without a major deficit and debt, but right now, I am more concerned with getting the economy back in shape, getting people to work, allowing people to stay in their homes and put wholesome food on the table. Once that is accomplished dealing with the deficit and debt will be easier.”
      However, that is water over the dam and we have to focus on making sure the Republicaqns don’t get away with their tactics.

    • 139 Ladyhawke
      July 6, 2012 at 10:32 am


      Misapplying the burden of proof

      By Steve Benen


      Perhaps now would be a good time for a reality check. Last fall, Obama said the job market wasn’t nearly strong enough, and he proposed an ambitious jobs plan called the American Jobs Act. Independent estimates showed that the policy, if implemented, would create as many as 1.9 million U.S. jobs in 2012 alone. Congressional Republicans, however, killed it.

      Indeed, consider this pattern of events:

      1. With the job market struggling, Obama unveils the American Jobs Act, a State of the Union agenda filled with economic measures, and an economic “to-do list.”

      2. Republican lawmakers ignore the proposals, and the job market deteriorates.

      3. The GOP then blames Obama when job numbers disappoint.

      The accepted truth this morning is that weak job numbers are absolute, concrete, incontrovertible proof that the president’s jobs agenda isn’t working. News flash: we aren’t trying Obama’s jobs agenda.



    • 140 TrumpDog
      July 6, 2012 at 10:46 am

      Derrrrr 🙄 🙄

      I really hate the media.

    • 141 nospin
      July 6, 2012 at 2:22 pm

      not an implication, it is a statement of fact.

      Proof??? What is the status on the AJA?

  49. 142 OkeyO
    July 6, 2012 at 10:11 am

    MSM morons and there friends Retugs just jubilant over the jobs number. How in this world does this people sleep well knowing that the retugs have never giving this President any chance for his “OWN” policy that has been held up in congress and the think that 80 thousand is not good enough tell that to those who just found a job. romney thinks he would just glide through but we will not let him 4 more year for our President. Europe will be rejoicing with this type of numbers. just sick of MSM

    • 143 anniebella
      July 6, 2012 at 10:15 am

      Let them be jubilant, election night while we’re celebrating they will be trying to figure out how President Obama won.

  50. July 6, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Oil is down to 84!

  51. 145 cluny
    July 6, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Don’t be disheartened – fight back. Brilliant post as usual by Benen:


    Perhaps now would be a good time for a reality check. Last fall, Obama said the job market wasn’t nearly strong enough, and he proposed an ambitious jobs plan called the American Jobs Act. Independent estimates showed that the policy, if implemented, would create as many as 1.9 million U.S. jobs in 2012 alone. Congressional Republicans, however, killed it.

    Indeed, consider this pattern of events:

    1. With the job market struggling, Obama unveils the American Jobs Act, a State of the Union agenda filled with economic measures, and an economic “to-do list.”

    2. Republican lawmakers ignore the proposals, and the job market deteriorates.

    3. The GOP then blames Obama when job numbers disappoint.

    The accepted truth this morning is that weak job numbers are absolute, concrete, incontrovertible proof that the president’s jobs agenda isn’t working. News flash: we aren’t trying Obama’s jobs agenda.

    It’s only natural for the public to want to blame someone when they’re frustrated, and Obama’s the one in the Oval Office. If the president had a “push here to create jobs” button on his desk, holding him responsible might even make sense. But it wasn’t Obama who laid off 600,000 state and local public-sector workers; it wasn’t Obama who decided to leave construction workers idle despite the need for infrastructure projects; it wasn’t Obama who told the Fed to sit on its hands; and it wasn’t Obama who asked Congress to ignore job growth for the last year and a half.

  52. 147 theo67
    July 6, 2012 at 10:28 am

    The only thing these jobs numbers tell you is that the Republican plan of “Do Nothing” doesn’t work. If ever there was a case for investment in infrastructure, pumping government money into the economy, stabilizing the recovery as quickly as possible – then this is it. Republicans have prevented action for nearly two years, and the recovery that was picking up speed has slowed down – although, despite the best efforts of the GOP, the President can still show positive job growth from the initiatives he put in place three years ago. The Republicans have had the House for nearly two years, and they’ve done nothing (aside from encouraging layoffs of public workers, touting de-regulation as the answer even while licking the boots of the JP Morgan chief who has lost billions and doesn’t feel any guilt or shame, and refusing to invest in the country all while nominating a man who literally invests in other countries) – and we now have proof that their “solutions”, their policies of Do Nothing and the economy will take care of itself, keep giving tax cuts and trying to cut regulations – that does ZERO for the economy and the country. We have the proof. Again.

  53. July 6, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Robney has one good day per month, the Day the jibs report comes out! And he has the media say exactly what he wants then to, only problem is, nobody is paying attention, until October.
    I don’t think the President is in trouble, unless we hit a double dip, it is unfortunate, however, that Congress might be tea bagged. Which means the Presidents policies are muted! What happened in 2010, that wave, might take a decade to regain House.
    Hopefully, we can maintain our edge in the Senate, Liz Warren wins, we should be ok!

    • 149 japa21
      July 6, 2012 at 10:37 am

      Jovie, despite what some “experts” are saying, I fully expect the Dems to take back the House. At thsi time in 2010, the “experts were only giving the GOP a 50% chance of winning the House and they did so easily. A lot of those “tea-baggers” won in normally evenly divided or Dem districts in a lwo turnout year. And the margin of victory was frequetnly quite small. In fact, amny of them would have stayed Dem except for Green Party candidates siphoning off enough votes, which will not happen as much this year. Even with redistricting helping the GOP in some states, it hurt them in others, like Illinois.
      As far as the Senate, I think we will do better than expected. We have a legitimate chance to pick up Indiana (which helps PBO there) due to the Tea Party, pick up Massachussetts with Warren, and hold in a couple states that initially didn’t look good.

    • 150 anniebella
      July 6, 2012 at 10:51 am

      The President is in trouble, that is what the MSM is pushing. This is the same MSM who was pushing the fact that the ACA would be struck down last week by the Supreme Court.

  54. 151 Bill
    July 6, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Fedex wins 3 sets to 1.

  55. July 6, 2012 at 10:30 am

    My music obsessed daughter sent me this vid of her new favorite singer—Emili Sande—-great song, powerful voice

  56. 153 Mae who love our CIC
    July 6, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Any increase in the job numbers is great news! 80,000 people have been given the opportunity to provide a meal for themselves.

  57. 155 cluny
    July 6, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Great article -note the 5 question david cay johnston says teh media should be asking Romney:

    “1. Did you buy any illegal or gray area tax shelters?
    “2. Did an IRS audit ever uncover serious problems with any of your tax returns?
    “3. Did you make use of offshore vehicles to defer, or avoid paying, federal income taxes?
    “4. Did you take advantage of any tax strategies that the IRS did not uncover in audits?
    “5. Did you fully tithe to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints every year and take a deduction on your tax return that shows that?”

    Read more: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/Hzoh/~3/sBr8Df4opQo/what-is-mitt-romney-hiding.html#ixzz1zqpp8FGB

    Bomb reporters with these questions – dare them to do their jobs.


    • 156 susanne
      July 6, 2012 at 4:19 pm

      hey, i also want to know, ‘did you donate money to, or personally volunteer for, charities and community projects not associated with your church, and not related to your campaign for office?’

  58. 157 desertflower
    July 6, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Morning everyone:) Just been reading and thought I would share this


    Why the switch? As he has on so many issues, Mr. Romney caved to Republican conservatives who want him to campaign on the falsehood that the mandate is a vast tax increase on the middle class. The Supreme Court’s decision that the law is constitutional was disastrous to their cause, so they distorted its basic reasoning. Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. wrote that the mandate is legal under the Congressional taxing power, which Republicans took a step further, saying the mandate must now be a tax. And not just a tax, but a huge, oppressive tax, one of the largest in history.

    Someone FINALLY mentioned this, and that is that Justice Roberts wrote that the mandate is legal UNDER THE CONGRESSIONAL TAXING POWER…..not that the mandate WAS a tax!!! As with everything else, Republicans with their myopic pea sized “brains” saw the word tax and ballooned it to a HUGE OPPRESSIVE TAX!! Oh noes!!!!!!!!!!!

    Anyway….I thought this was important. What’s even MORE important, is to get rid of these obstructionist Do Nothing’s in the fall so that the adults can get some work done for the people. Hammer this message like nobodies business. We need to move FORWARD!

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