A Day On The Trail


Mmmmmm ….. ice cream

President Obama at Deb’s Ice Cream and Deli in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

If you can’t see the video in your country, try here



First lady Michelle Obama at the Barbara Goleman High School in Miami Lakes, Florida

Text of Michelle Obama’s remarks here


President Obama speaks to an overflow crowd at Kirkwood Recreation Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Text of the President’s remarks here


First lady Michelle Obama participates in a children’s fitness class at the Blanchard Park YMCA in Orlando


A member of the audience dressed as former President Abraham Lincoln is pictured after being acknowledged by President Obama

President Obama speaks about middle class tax relief during a campaign event at Kirkwood Recreation Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Text of the President’s remarks here



President Obama returns to the White House, July 10

268 Responses to “A Day On The Trail”

  1. 1 Allison
    July 10, 2012 at 9:14 pm


  2. July 10, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    Aaaaaah, home at last and on TOD…..

  3. 10 Allison
    July 10, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    Lovely pictures. Thanks Chips.

  4. July 10, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Fantastic pictures Chips!!!

    Unrelenting in the quest of #ADollarADayForOFA

    More State OFAs are responding 🙂

  5. 16 Ladyhawke
    July 10, 2012 at 9:17 pm


    We have “SENATOR” Lindsey Graham saying we should not criticize Mitt Romeny because he has offshore bank accounts. (I wonder what he would say if it was Senator Barack Obama with offshore bank accounts.) After all, it’s really American to avoid paying taxes legally. I have to believe that Senator Graham is violating some code of ethics for a member of congress. His flippant comments are outrageous. Couple that with Grover Norquist who is holding the GOP congress hostage with no tax pledges which are rendering our government dysfunctional. Graham and Norquist epitomize what is wrong with tax policy.

    Republican Senator On Romney: ‘It’s Really American To Avoid Paying Taxes’


    But Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R-SC) attempt to defuse the controversy surrounding Romney’s taxes may be a new low for the campaign:

    Mitt Romney shouldn’t be criticized for using off-shore tax havens because “it’s really American to avoid paying taxes, legally,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Tuesday. […]

    Graham argued that Congress is responsible for tax avoidance because it has crafted such convoluted rules and said he was fine with Romney’s taking advantage of the loopholes.

    “As long as it was legal, I’m OK with it,” Graham said. “I don’t blame anybody for using the tax code to their advantage. I blame us for having it so complicated and confused. Pick a rate and make people pay it.”



    • 17 carla4obama
      July 10, 2012 at 9:30 pm

      I guess then only the ultra wealthy are really able to be really American to avoid paying taxes. My goodness…how much money does this man have that he looks for loop holes (aren’t loop holes a way of getting around a law?)
      ” loophole
      a loophole in the regulations: means of evasion”

    • 18 nathkatun7
      July 10, 2012 at 9:40 pm

      Amazing! I think members of Congress like Senator Graham do not deserve to be paid full salaries. They contribute nothing to the well being of the Country.

      • 19 vcprezofan2
        July 10, 2012 at 9:51 pm

        Now you are hitting a sore spot for me, Nath. It really bothers me that these guys are paid such a handsome salary whether they work or not, and the fact that they don’t have to sneak while not working bugs me deeply. Not only are they not contributing, they have plotted to derail the government! It makes no sense to me that there is no way to hold them accountable other than in the next election. So a politician could be elected, state that s/he won’t work because s/he is against someone else’s plans, actually not work, AND collect salary anyways! Unacceptable, IMO, yet I can’t see anything provisions made to put a stop to this kind of behaviour.

        • 20 nathkatun7
          July 10, 2012 at 10:33 pm

          I am totally with you VC! I am just furious! These people are a disgrace! Here they are being paid by our tax dollars and all they do is sit on their behinds and just show up, now and then, to vote NO to all of President Obama’s proposals aimed at helping ordinary people. And now this Senator guy from South Carolina tells me that it’s o.k. for a super rich man, running to be President of the United States, to use every loophole in the book to avoid paying taxes. Is Senator Graham (who is nothing but John McCain’s lapdog when it comes to wanting to start wars all over the Middle East) telling the American people that it’s patriotic to avoid paying taxes?

          Just to think that these are the same people who go around attacking teachers demanding salary cuts and advocating the so called “merit pay” for teachers. I think we the citizens should start demanding that salaries for members of Congress, and all their benefits, should be based on their productivity. If productivity were the basis of Congressional salaries then the salaries of the Republican dominated 112th Congress would be severely reduced. This Congress has been one of the least productive in history. Whenever they are not out there doing nothing but bad mouthing the President, they show up to vote for symbolic legislation that does absolutely nothing to improve the lives of the vast majorities of Americans. So, you see, vcprezofan2, you are not alone in being bothered by the money wasted on these do-nothing members of Congress.

        • 21 Betsy
          July 11, 2012 at 1:19 am

          and what really pisses me off is that they get great health care while denying it to others!

        • July 11, 2012 at 2:06 am

          this is far worse than the faux stigma they put on welfare recipients or food stamps….this is blatant misuse of a system supporting the wrong behaviour for those who see politics as a personal job perk, instead of advancing the betterment of citizens they are supposed to represent

          • 23 vcprezofan2
            July 11, 2012 at 9:06 am

            The kicker for me, Betsy, Berny & Nath, is that there is nothing citizens can do about it, or so it seems. Therefore selfish politicians can grin and spit at our feet while behaving in this unconscionable manner!

    • 24 anniebella
      July 11, 2012 at 4:23 am

      I heard what Senator Graham said. But here’s the problem in what he said, if it was President Obama hiding money all over the world and refusing to release his taxes, Graham would be saying a whole different thing. It just shows you what the Republican Party have become, there is no one will any principals and who is willing to stand up for them even against their party. It is ashame to see what Lindsey Graham have become.

  6. 25 ChristiMTL
    July 10, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    Gorgeous pictures! Gorgeous dress…….beautifull faces…..ahhhhh…..it’s just so nice.

  7. 26 magapie
    July 10, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    I may have missed this because I have a life: But has any reporter ever asked willard where he stands on women being allowed to serve in any leadership position they aspire to in his church??

    • 27 carolyn
      July 10, 2012 at 9:32 pm

      That would be a very good question…..I’d like to see him dance around that one. Women only count in the Mormon church if they’re attached to a Mormon man. They are totally patriarchal.

    • 28 nathkatun7
      July 10, 2012 at 10:00 pm

      Good question, magapie. If I am not mistaken, Willard “Mitt” Romney is a Bishop in the Mormon Church. So, he is in a high position of leadership in the Church to be able to answer that question. But you know, Magapie, given the current state of U.S. corporate media I highly doubt that any reporter will be courageous enough to ask that question.

    • 29 Dudette
      July 10, 2012 at 10:08 pm

      Tweet that question to both campaigns. 🙂

      • 30 magapie
        July 10, 2012 at 10:12 pm

        I haven’t traversed into the Tweetisphere yet. I KNOW. I guess I need to do that……someday…..

        • 31 Dudette
          July 10, 2012 at 10:22 pm

          Me neither magapie. Someone here in the TOD family will carry the banner for us (I hope). 🙂

          • 32 Walking_on_ Sunshine
            July 11, 2012 at 1:03 am

            @MittRomney Where do you stand on women being allowed to serve in any leadership position they aspire to in the Mormon church?? #WOMEN

            Tweeted to Mitt.
            I have tried to post actual tweets here but I always mess it up 🙂

  8. 34 anniebella
    July 10, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    Love the pictures. What a busy day for POTUS and FLOTUS and VP Biden.

  9. 35 carla4obama
    July 10, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    Looking at these beautiful pictures and all those smiling faces….is there an equivalent on the Robney website at his stops? If we should loose (it is up to all Americans) then it will be a sad day for them, our nation and the world. If money does talk..what is it saying?

  10. 36 terim
    July 10, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Thanks for the great photos, but I hope you’re taking a little time to relaxe.

  11. 38 utaustinliberal
    July 10, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Wow! That is one HUGE ice-cream cone and I see Press Sec. Carney is loving his ice-cream too.

    Love, love, love FL Michelle Obama’s outfits. Her warm personality just jumps out of the screen. She connects with young, old, men, women, etc. emotionally and her message of community, sharing, kindness, charity, and fairness is always well received.

  12. July 10, 2012 at 9:31 pm

  13. July 10, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    Catching up on my “news” for today…lots happening…Tax avoidance is legal…tax evasion is not…and by law your are suppose to list ALL your FOREIGN banks and investments accounts on your returns (see IRS 1040 schedule B and Form TD F 90-22.1)…no wonder he won’t release them.

  14. 47 thoughtful3
    July 10, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    especially love the pics of the first lady

  15. 48 Pamela
    July 10, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    Got a little hitch in ma gitalong, but I am here! Hee! I am SOOOOOO sAd to se how much these silly people ignore our wonderful President, it must really hurt his feelings! 😆

  16. 50 jacquelineoboomer
    July 10, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    Mmmmmm ….. ice cream !!!! (PBO looks like a little boy in that photo, doesn’t he, Chips?)

  17. 60 mtmarilyn
    July 10, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Hope everyone had a great day. Great to see our First Couple and the VP having such an outstanding day. We are off to the back country of Montana for 4 days of communing with nature. i know you all will keep this place going. Keep the pressure on!

    See you all this Sunday!

    • 61 0388jojothecat
      July 10, 2012 at 10:11 pm

      Have fun…….I wish I could go with you. This will be the beginning of the year I will no longer be going camping. My friend who I went camping with is sick and can’t go anymore.

    • July 10, 2012 at 10:15 pm

      Hope you have a wonderful time, Marilyn, and thank you for all the RTs!!!

    • 63 desertflower
      July 10, 2012 at 10:28 pm

      Have fun, Mom!! Hang the food:)

    • 64 nathkatun7
      July 10, 2012 at 11:08 pm

      Mtmarilyn, enjoy yourself, rest, and come back ready to fight these Know Nothing extreme right wingers. By the way, mtmarilyn, I’ve never been to Montana but I used to love your Senator, Mike Mansfield, who was the Senate Majority leader after LBJ became Vice-President. It’s so sad that we no longer have members of Congress with the same integrity as Mike Mansfield.

      • 65 HZ
        July 11, 2012 at 1:23 am

        Mtmarilyn, have a great time. Relax and enjoy your family. Will be looking to hear about your fun time. We will be waiting for your return. Enjoy.HZ

  18. 66 isonprize
    July 10, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    The pictures in this thread are RIDICULOUS!!! ALL THAT GOODNESS IN ONE PLACE!! Whhheeewwww!!!

    I LOVE IT!!! 😎 😎

  19. July 10, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Spousal unit got paid today, so we gave $75 to OFA. That brings us to $100 for July, which is like $3 a day! Not as catchy, I know.

    We have a chance to change the world this November. Our opponents are running scared. A lot can happen in 4 months, but PBO is the right man in the right place at the right time. I feel good.

  20. 76 Pamela
    July 10, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    VC! I have decided you simply MUST stop at the first Trader Joe’s you see while on the trail: stock up on some high quality/low cost traveling foods… I’ll give you a list if you like… When you’re ready. Better yet, TODObot can each make a suggestion!

    • 77 desertflower
      July 10, 2012 at 10:30 pm

      I love Trader Joe’s…..:)

      • July 10, 2012 at 10:41 pm

        Me too. The first one opens here August 10. YEA!!!! I will no longer have to make a TJ’s ‘run’ when I go to my daughter’s or when I am in Fairfax. I am SO excited! No wine here though–not allowed in grocery stores in TN. Ridiculous, huh??

        • 79 nathkatun7
          July 10, 2012 at 11:31 pm

          tnmtngirl, I am sorry you can’t buy wine at TJ’s because they have the best prices. I though you were all “freedom loving” people in TN? How can any one really enjoy “freedom” and “liberty” without a nice glass of red wine? Didn’t Jesus serve his disciples wine (I am sure it was red wine because only red wine resembles blood) at the “Last Supper?” How can people who claim to believe in the literal interpretation of the Holy Bible, as the word of God, be against wine?

          • 80 HZ
            July 11, 2012 at 1:34 am

            Tnmtngirl, do you have a ‘Total Wine’ there? They have some wonderful wines high end and low end. You can go online and pick up the next day or have it shipped to you. Great place to find some great wines for all purposes. I get my reds there for my heart. Found some great one. Check it out.

            Trader Joe’s and Sprouts are my stores for my special diet. Have been shopping at Traders for some twenty plus years or so now in Cali. Whole Foods for my teas and fresh fish. Great places.

            Nathkatun7, I hear you. Plus, wine was a staple during that time. It was really made from a paste. That is one reason that it was broken down with water. HZ

            • July 11, 2012 at 6:50 am

              Hey you two, gm. Don’t know if either will see this. We have a number of privately owned wine/beverage stores. They have a big lobby against allowing wine to be sold in grocery stores. When I do a TJ’s “run” (in VA) I almost always get a few bottles so i keep a good supply. 🙂

    • 82 vcprezofan2
      July 10, 2012 at 11:04 pm

      Thanks for the offer, Pamela, I would love that! I’ll be in and out of here tomorrow, before leaving early on Thursday. My eyes are literally closing right now so I’m going to call it a night!


    • 83 susanne
      July 11, 2012 at 12:28 am

      oooooh!! how about the triple ginger snap cookies!

  21. 84 amk for obama
    July 10, 2012 at 10:12 pm
  22. 85 Dudette
    July 10, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    LOD just made me spit water on my keyboard!!! LOL!!

  23. 86 amk for obama
    July 10, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    Great pics, chips. Love the crowd shots. Hats off to Abe Lincoln.

    And of course, you-know-who is looking hawt, hawt, hawt.

  24. 93 Ladyhawke
    July 10, 2012 at 10:19 pm



    Bashir: PSA on Romney’s favorite, most inaccurate poll

    MSNBC’s Martin Bashir eviscerates Mitt Romney’s favorite anti-healthcare poll, which peddles bogus claims based on equally bogus evidence –

    and even its authors, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, issue with a warning.



  25. 96 amk for obama
    July 10, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    And thanks to df, lh and jovie in the last thread, I was able to push my quota of tweets today. And it’s not even breakfast time yet!!!

    • 97 desertflower
      July 10, 2012 at 10:31 pm

      Wait…what did I do?? 🙂

      • 98 amk for obama
        July 10, 2012 at 10:38 pm

        I blame you for all my tweets (well, may be not all).

        • July 10, 2012 at 10:49 pm

          😀 😀 😀

          She has the same effect on me, amk 🙂

          • July 11, 2012 at 1:41 am

            Bobfr, amk, vc, df, Ut, DD, thanks for all that you all do. I know everyone is doing a tremendous amount of encouraging work here, and it makes my heart smile with so much joy. I know we are going to make this, we have to for so many people who are counting on us.

            We need this brilliant president for this time. We Will Do This. FORWARD, we must.

            (((((((((((((( Thank you my dear Chips)))))))))))))))) You are such a gem in my book. I give thanks for you daily in my quiet times. I love you dear one with all of my heart. You give us so much, and we so appreciate it. Goodnight to all. HZ

  26. 102 amk for obama
    July 10, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    How does the ice-cream happy hour work anyway ? 🙂

  27. 107 amk for obama
    July 10, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    • 108 susanne
      July 11, 2012 at 12:32 am

      this could be fun!
      the republicans are pro-GREED
      the republicans are pro-LIES
      the republicans are pro-…..your turn!

  28. 109 desertflower
    July 10, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    He is looking right into my eyes with that ice cream cone…Right in my EYES!

    • 110 anniebella
      July 10, 2012 at 10:41 pm

      You know desertflower Gov. Christie had a ice cream cone that day he got mad. Is that who you were talking about who is looking right in your eyes. 🙂

      • 111 desertflower
        July 10, 2012 at 10:43 pm

        OH GOD NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not that nastiness! My President….looking right into my eyes….beautiful.

  29. 113 amk for obama
    July 10, 2012 at 10:33 pm

  30. 114 auni
    July 10, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    I haven’t been able to keep up lately, but once again am grateful for the pictures–they keep me going. Many thinks Chips dear.

  31. 120 desertflower
    July 10, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    BAM! http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/10/us/veterans-rail-industry/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

    Washington (CNN) — Facing an aging rail industry workforce and an influx of returning military veterans, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced Tuesday an initiative in which the growing rail sector will hire more than 5,000 veterans this year, matching the same number hired in 2011.
    “Our veterans have skills and real life experiences that we need to help rebuild America,” said DOT Secretary Ray LaHood during a conference call with reporters on Tuesday.
    LaHood said veterans are valuable potential employees because of their prior training in the military. He pointed out military personnel have leadership and teamwork training and experience working with heavy machinery in demanding work conditions.

    • 128 nathkatun7
      July 11, 2012 at 12:12 am

      These people need to go back to school. It’s o.k. to disagree with Supreme Court’s decisions. Nevertheless, the majority of the Justices on the Supreme Court are the final arbiter of what is Constitutional. Basically, there are only two ways to change that.First, Congress has to pass a Constitutional Amendment by 2/3 majorities; and the Amendment has to be ratified by 3/4th of states for it become part of the Constitution thereby that superseding the Court’s ruling. Second, opponents of ACA have to elect a President and the majority on the United States Senate, and then place more judges on the bench that will rule to reverse the current Supreme Court ruling. For now, the Supreme Court has spoken: OBAMA CARES is constitutional. Period.

  32. 129 Ladyhawke
    July 10, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    Andrew Kaczynski ‏@BuzzFeedAndrew


    Does Romney fundraising in London mean he will be first candidate to actually ATTEND a fundraiser overseas this election?


  33. 143 desertflower
    July 10, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    So important that these true heroes get the healthcare they deserve! Thank you, Mr President!!


    Romney thinks we don’t need any more fire fighters, PBO thinks we do and they deserve healthcare!

  34. 145 sherijr
    July 10, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Magnifico Chips!!! Thank you for the awesome photo rundown of this day~

  35. 146 desertflower
    July 10, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    How’s that AUSTERITY working out, Florida?? Your Gov. has put the citizens for that state in danger!


    • 147 nathkatun7
      July 11, 2012 at 12:25 am

      I feel sorry for all the good people of Florida who had nothing to do with electing this crook as governor.

  36. 148 anniebella
    July 10, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    I love the line VP Biden said today in his speech to the Latinos convention. He said they want you to show your papers, but they don’t want to show theirs.

  37. 149 amk for obama
    July 10, 2012 at 10:57 pm


    Disclaimer: This one, I found it on my own. df had no role in this.

    • 150 desertflower
      July 10, 2012 at 11:04 pm

      🙂 It’s TRUE!! It’s also true that he’s cutting taxes FOR EVERY AMERICAN TAXPAYER….on the first $250,000!!

    • 151 nathkatun7
      July 11, 2012 at 12:36 am

      Very effective image, AMK! By the way, thank you so much for keeping this place alive! Even when some of us are down you and yardarm, and of course our leader, Chipsticks, always find a way to make us laugh.

  38. 152 amk for obama
    July 10, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    The highest court in Egypt overturns a decree by President Mohammed Mursi in which he recalled parliament in defiance of the ruling military council.


    What a messy start for Egypt.

  39. 153 amk for obama
    July 10, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    San Francisco’s Department of Environment plans to ban city agencies from buying Macs after Apple pulls out of an environmental scheme.


  40. July 10, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    Can someone point me to a video of Joe Biden full speech at La Raza? I heard he went hard on Romney and the GOP

  41. July 10, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    Michelle almost had 3k People come see Her, in Miami Lakes Florida

    Any questions?

    • 159 desertflower
      July 10, 2012 at 11:12 pm

      There’s just not enough enthusiasm. That’s going to be a problem:)

    • 160 amk for obama
      July 10, 2012 at 11:31 pm

      You made me do it , jovie. I blame you totally.

    • 161 nathkatun7
      July 11, 2012 at 1:57 am

      “Michelle almost had 3k People come see Her, in Miami Lakes Florida

      Any questions?”

      Yes, Jovie, I have several questions! First, is it true that the (3k) number of people you cited who came to se FL Michelle Obama plainly support the MSM assertions that the people, and especially AA and women in general, have lost their enthusiasm for President Obama? If I am not mistaken, I heard that Mrs. Anne Romney, the wife of the presidential Republican nominee, drew 10 times more people (30k) in her recent appearance in Florida than those who came to see FL, Michelle Obama. Is this true, Jovie? Or is it inflated propaganda? My last question: Is it true, as my Republican friends are contending, that President Obama has zero chance of winning Florida?

      • 162 amk for obama
        July 11, 2012 at 3:46 am

        Don’t you think if queen ann had attracted that many peeps, their media minions like moaning joe, upchuck todd, tapper, the tool, and other such kissa$$es would have been shouting from the roofs ?

        • 163 nathkatun7
          July 11, 2012 at 4:16 am

          So Queen Ann is not such a game changer as the MSM media predicted? I was obviously trying to be snarky because I don’t think any of the Romneys, Ann, Mitt, or the five golden boys, have attracted anywhere near 30K people to any of their events.

          • 164 anniebella
            July 11, 2012 at 4:40 am

            Here’s a question, is Ann Romney ever out of Mitt Romney’s shadow? Mitt can’t act like a human unless Ann is there to hold his hand.

  42. 165 desertflower
    July 10, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    Are they effing kidding me??? What are they, two? They are afraid…very afraid.


  43. July 10, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    The President is doing a 2 Day Tour through Virginia on Friday and Saturday, to discuss tax policy!

  44. 167 Eveingeorgia
    July 10, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    These photos are wonderful! Thanks, Chips. What a wonderful way to end the evening.

  45. 168 Ladyhawke
    July 10, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    GOP Looks to Score Points as Americans Look for Jobs

    Posted on July 9, 2012 by Leader’s Press Shop


    Americans are looking for jobs, and Republicans are looking to score cheap political points with message bills to nowhere. The American people deserve better.

    Instead of working with Democrats to create jobs and strengthen the middle class, House Republicans are looking towards Election Day with tunnel vision and coordinating with former Governor Mitt Romney to repeal patients’ rights and give more tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans.



  46. 169 Ladyhawke
    July 10, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    Who is the House GOP listening to, Speaker Boehner?

    Posted on July 10, 2012 by Leader’s Press Shop


    Speaker Boehner just told a gaggle of reporters that, from the beginning, the 112th Congress “wasn’t going to be about them [Republicans]” but it has been about listening to the American people.

    Who is he trying to kid?

    The American people and small businesses are asking the GOP ‘where are the jobs?’ Instead of jobs bills, this week, for the 31st time, the GOP will vote to take away patient protections for Americans – the same protections enjoyed by Members of Congress.



  47. 174 Ladyhawke
    July 10, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    NEW VIDEO: GOP Wasting Time on Message Vote to Nowhere

    Posted on July 9, 2012 by Leader’s Press Shop


    The House Democratic Leader’s press office released this new video, “GOP Wasting Time on A Message Vote to Nowhere,” using Speaker Boehner’s own “Where are the Jobs?” to highlight the GOP’s continued pursuit of a political agenda, voting to repeal patients’ rights, instead of focusing on jobs:



  48. 175 amk for obama
    July 10, 2012 at 11:27 pm

  49. 176 amk for obama
    July 10, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    • 177 Dudette
      July 10, 2012 at 11:46 pm

      … Mitt’s template for Obamacare, Mitt’s record as governor, Mitt’s role in the Mormon church hiearchy, Mitt’s residency status compared to where he actually voted, Mitt’s end date at Bain per SEC filings, Mitt’s stance on equal pay, Mitt’s stance on civil rights, Mitt’s stance on voter suppression… I could go on, be we don’t have all night

  50. 178 desertflower
    July 10, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    I’m having an argument with someone that says that PBO is a weak President…



    • 179 Dudette
      July 10, 2012 at 11:49 pm

      Point ’em to the accomplishments lists

      Btw, I can’t find the link to the pocket cards with the top 50 accomplishments. Anybody got that handy?

      • 180 desertflower
        July 10, 2012 at 11:55 pm

        Oh…trust me, I gave them the link so they wouldn’t have to strain themselves thinking. Go check it out Dudette…blast him some more. I’m done with stupid for the night. Sounds like a emoprog…No Dream Act, No BIgger Stimulus, No this, no that…I say you can lead an ass to water but you can’t drown him. Jerk.

    • 185 nathkatun7
      July 11, 2012 at 2:56 am

      DF, I have come to the conclusion that sometimes it’s not worthy it to spend time and energy arguing with fools who are “true believers.” Many of these people never take time to research the truth. Instead they repeat everything they hear from their leaders on the blogs, radio, and television. It’s so exhausting trying to argue with people who are armed with talking points and are not interested at looking at the facts. Besides, many of the critics of President Obama seem to live in the moment. Remember how Speaker Boehner boasted about getting 98% in the debt ceiling negotiations? Now who is crying and wants to re- negotiate the deal Congress struck with the President.? If you can, df, ask you friend to visit the Smartypants blog. She is one of the most astute analyst who gets President Obama.

      Any one who thinks President Obama is weak doesn’t know what he/she is talking about. This is the President who went to the Congressional Republican caucus and put it’s members to shame. No wonder they never invited him back. This is the President who stood firm for the passage of Health Care Reform, despite the urging of seasoned political hands who thought that it would cost him his re-election. This is also the President who staked his entire presidency on getting Bin Laden. I don’t how old the person you were arguing with is; but I’ve consciously lived under ten Presidents, and as far as I am concerned, President Obama is one of the strongest and more politically courageous president I’ve lived under. He is also the only president who has faced a relentless, irrational, and hateful opposition party, despite his magnanimous efforts of trying to work with it. He is also one of the Presidents who has faced the most unethical, hostile, and incompetent media. The U.S. media has degenerated into tabloidism and sensationalism.In addition, quite a few reporters act like the spokespersons of the Republican party. It’s no wonder that the vast majority of Americans, including people in my senior citizen age group, are completely ignorant of all the accomplishments of President Obama that are right now benefiting them.

  51. 187 Obama Grandmama
    July 11, 2012 at 12:03 am

    I have been gone from the blog since early morning as I had extensive dental work done today. Ochhh! When coming online the Yahoo news showed a title saying some Dems will be voting to kill ACA due to elections coming up. Say what! Hope these chickens don’t give the other side impetus that will bring down the ACA. I know PBO can veto but it could then be overridden. Any way we can influence the likely Dems? They so annoy me. I know, I know the argument is that is the only way they can win and if they don’t we will have a GOP in there instead. Since the ACA is becoming more popular why couldn’t they just explain the ACA and win their electorates over? I guess it is not that easy, but I will pray we keep the ACA. Also we can get PBO back and if I can try to be really hopeful I will wish to hold the Senate and gain the House.

    • 188 Dudette
      July 11, 2012 at 12:13 am

      It won’t get through the Senate.

    • July 11, 2012 at 7:52 am

      I hate when the MSM focuses on obscure Conservadems in the House just to make it look as if PBO’s entire party is against him. The bottom line is that the bill will die in the senate because the majority – if not all – of the senate DEMS will vote against repeal. The media is not focusing on THAT part, which is the most important part.

  52. 190 Dudette
    July 11, 2012 at 12:12 am

    Off-topic: Baseball Card Fan’s Holy Grail! Check your attics, folks 🙂
    Hidden baseball cards worth millions?

    Karl Kissner picked up a soot-covered cardboard box that had been under a wooden dollhouse in his grandfather’s attic. Taking a look inside, he saw hundreds of baseball cards bundled with twine. They were smaller than the ones he was used to seeing. But some of the names were familiar: Hall of Famers Ty Cobb, Cy Young and Honus Wagner. Then he put the box on a dresser and went back to digging through the attic.

    It wasn’t until two weeks later that he learned that his family had come across what experts say is one of the biggest, most exciting finds in the history of sports card collecting, a discovery worth perhaps millions. The cards are from an extremely rare series issued around 1910. Up to now, the few known to exist were in so-so condition at best, with faded images and worn edges. But the ones from the attic in the town of Defiance are nearly pristine, untouched for more than a century. The colors are vibrant, the borders crisp and white.

    ”It’s like finding the Mona Lisa in the attic,” Kissner said. Sports card experts who authenticated the find say they may never again see something this impressive. ”Every future find will ultimately be compared to this,” said Joe Orlando, president of Professional Sports Authenticator.

    The best of the bunch – 37 cards – are expected to bring a total of $500,000 when they are sold at auction in August during the National Sports Collectors Convention in Baltimore. There are about 700 cards in all that could be worth up to $3 million, experts say. They include such legends as Christy Mathewson and Connie Mack.

    Kissner and his family say the cards belonged to their grandfather, Carl Hench, who died in the 1940s. Hench ran a meat market in Defiance, and the family suspects he got them as a promotional item from a candy company that distributed them with caramels. They think he gave some away and kept others.

    ”We guess he stuck them in the attic and forgot about them,” Kissner said. ”They remained there frozen in time.”
    [more in the article]

  53. 191 Dudette
    July 11, 2012 at 12:25 am

    Discovered another resource for full video of campaign ads and speeches:


    They even have live stream channels. We can check those out next time PBO or VPOTUS have an event.

  54. 193 Dudette
    July 11, 2012 at 12:31 am

    Here’s something for the #CanMittMatchThis meme:


  55. 207 amk for obama
    July 11, 2012 at 12:46 am

  56. 211 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    July 11, 2012 at 12:54 am

    There are some great people in that crowd. Abe Lincoln is a hoot and the long haired guy wearing the LGBT pin. All the women with their affectionate loving mama looks. I love Obama crowds! All the crazy diversity joy and excitement. So many happy faces …. all having so much fun. I like the serious way PBO is contemplating his ice cream. I love the video at the end where he’s eating talking walking and shaking hands. That’s my multi-tasking President. And there he is in the last picture walking and chewing gum at the same time. #CanMittMatchThis? I don’t think so!

  57. 212 Dudette
    July 11, 2012 at 1:03 am

    What a great Vice President we have. This is from earlier this year — March 2012

    Vice President Biden Speaks on the Phone with a Newly Enlisted Soldier

  58. 216 Cozimfree
    July 11, 2012 at 1:09 am

    Sometimes it’s all too much for my eyes, mind and senses – to take in and really absorb this President and his First Lady and the journey they are on and the lives they are touching here and around the world. Magnificent Valor, I’m all in. Again.

  59. 219 Dudette
    July 11, 2012 at 1:16 am

    Phew! Long, exhausting day. But my what wonderful sites and sounds to behold! Thank you Chips for all your wonderful goodness!

    Peace, love and sweet dreams, everybody! Good Night!

  60. 220 desertflower
    July 11, 2012 at 1:18 am

    NIght all…my bed is calling my name….

  61. 222 purpleshoesla
    July 11, 2012 at 1:56 am

    Mittens is speaking at the NAACP National Convention in Houston tomorrow. Wonder what the odds are in Vegas on whether he’ll actually show up or not… 😆 According to Smartypants, apparently he’s hired a new adviser to help him frame his message to Black Voters. Hmm? and just what message might that be, Mittens? Hmm? Bring on the large tub of popcorn please!


    • July 11, 2012 at 2:11 am

      That should be interesting, purpleshoes!! Hope you know your suggestion of the family ‘tip jar’ is a hit … lots of folk are sharing the idea and maybe we’ll see the folk at OFA go for it! Thank you
      #ADollarADayToOFA … It’s the 99% Way

      • 224 purpleshoesla
        July 11, 2012 at 2:23 am

        Wow, Thanks Bobfr! I am touched truly. The power of the collective in action! YES! Thank YOU!!

    • 225 anniebella
      July 11, 2012 at 4:52 am

      Hell Mitt can’t even frame a message to the white people, unless it’s the haters who all they are looking for is it’s Obama fault.

    • 226 Lovepolitics2008
      July 11, 2012 at 8:46 am

      Easy: he’s going to say to black people that their life sucks, he’s going to say that their unemployment numbers are worse than for other groups. He’ll say that Barack Obama hasn’t done anything for them and that all their problems are his fault. OH, and that he, Mitt Romney, has the solution because he’s SO good at creating jobs. He’ll probably talk about God too.

      Romney going to NAACP Convention raises eyebrows so it will be considered news, and we’ll see every pundit on planet DC rate the speech positively and say that “Barack Obama may have a problem with black voters”. And they’ll give a lot of air time to prominent black people who hate the President and will repeat ad nauseam that he isn’t good for the black community.

      But it will be just noise. It won’t change anything. Black people are not easily fooled.

      I wonder if Romney will talk about voter ID and the right to vote… What do you think ?

  62. July 11, 2012 at 2:09 am

    Never expected to read anything a ‘red state’ in my life, but this is actually delicious …

    h/t @word_34 for scouting and sharing it!

    • 228 amk for obama
      July 11, 2012 at 2:20 am

      That article was in last nov. erickkk has fallen in line since then. They always do. Despite all the bitching and moaning.Typical cowardly bullies.

      • 229 nathkatun7
        July 11, 2012 at 4:00 am

        Indeed amk! Republicans, more so than Democrats, always come home. This is what’s missing on our side. The same “holier than thou progressives,” who gave us George Bush the Younger, are already out there preaching the gospel of Ron Paul and contending that there is no difference between President Obama and Mitt Romney. Blue dog Democrats are out there trying to out do the tea baggers. It’s plainly obvious that many of the hard core rightists don’t like or trust Mitt Romney. They, however, hate President Obama so much that they are already willing to put aside their temporary differences with Romney in order to ensure the defeat of the President. Sadly, this is not the case with the hard core leftists. Many hardcore leftists say they are 100% against Republicans. Yet they also hate President Obama because, so far as they are concerned, he has not delivered 100% of their agenda. Consequently,many are not willing to support his re-election. I hope leftists will change their minds. Given the structure and nature of the American political system, It’s not easy to implement revolutionary changes. This what JFK realized when talked about the limits of Presidential power. At the same time, the President still exercises enormous powers. It would be a shame if the purity progressives helped electing extreme rights who would everything to turn the clock backwards to the pre-New Deal era.

        • 230 anniebella
          July 11, 2012 at 4:54 am

          They are not real Democrats.

          • 231 anniebella
            July 11, 2012 at 5:01 am

            More than that, are they real Americans, because any time you will allow people to suffer because you feel you didn’t get all you wanted, what kind of person are you? These people know what this extreme radical Republican Party stand for. But yet they can say I’m not supporting Obama cause he didn’t do all I wanted him to do. All I can say is they are sick bastards.

        • 232 Lovepolitics2008
          July 11, 2012 at 8:27 am

          I don’t get the hard left’s infatuation with Ron Paul. The man would do even more damage to the federal government than Romney if he had the chance. Paul’s ideas would lead to the corporations grabbing even more power, and in general would lead to even more poverty and suffering. Paul’s vision is a delusional intellectual construct which doesn’t take into account human nature. Moreover, Paul seems oblivious to the lessons of History.

  63. July 11, 2012 at 5:58 am

    They need to Fire Jonathan Capehart. Worst Anchor Evah! Omg! This is sad to watch!

  64. 234 amk for obama
    July 11, 2012 at 6:07 am

    Behind the Scenes Video: Team Romney Preps for NAACP Address

  65. 235 amk for obama
    July 11, 2012 at 6:12 am

  66. 236 amk for obama
    July 11, 2012 at 6:16 am
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  68. 238 amk for obama
    July 11, 2012 at 6:34 am

    Convicted al Qaida operative released from Guantánamo, repatriated to Sudan in plea deal


  69. 239 amk for obama
    July 11, 2012 at 6:42 am

    Obama leads among single voters by 54 percent to 34 percent, while married voters back Romney 51 percent to 38 percent, the poll found.

    Obama has a huge advantage with single women, 60 percent to 31 percent, while Romney leads among married women 49 percent to 42 percent. Romney leads by 19 percentage points among married men, and Obama leads by 9 points among single men.

    The poll showed Obama with an overall 3-point national edge on Romney, 46 percent to 43 percent, four months before the November 6 election.

  70. July 11, 2012 at 6:43 am

  71. 244 amk for obama
    July 11, 2012 at 6:51 am

  72. July 11, 2012 at 6:59 am

    The Democrats may need to Bench Shelley Berkley in Nevada, she messed up!

  73. July 11, 2012 at 7:04 am

    The Obama ads questioning Willard’s secrecy on tax returns and foreign tax havens has forced the AP to dive into the subject, which is pretty damaging to poor ol’ Willard.


  74. 247 LOL
    July 11, 2012 at 7:14 am

    Great Job Priorities.
    Voters in five 2012 swing states have moved noticeably away from Mitt Romney since the Obama super PAC began attacking his business background on the air, according to polling conducted for the group Priorities USA Action.

    In a memo out this morning, Democratic pollsters Geoff Garin of Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group and Jefrey Pollock and Nick Gourevitch of Global Strategy Group outline their findings and conclude that Romney has taken a meaningful hit as a result of Bain-themed negative ads.

    “Mitt Romney’s business experience – the centerpiece of his case for the presidency – has proven to be much more of a liability than an asset in key swing states,” the pollsters write. “Clear negative trends have emerged in recent polling conducted in Colorado, Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.”

    The Democrats’ survey tested 3,800 likely voters in those five states, in the period from June 25 to July 3. The top line findings: by a 10-point margin – 37 percent to 27 percent – voters now say that Romney’s background at Bain Capital makes them less likely to vote for him.

    According to the poll, 58 percent of voters now agree with the statement that Romney’s priority in the private sector was “making millions for himself and his investors, regardless of the impact on jobs and the employees.”

    Overall, Obama leads Romney in the five swing states by 6 points, 48 percent to 42 percent. Romney’s favorability rating in those battlegrounds is 7 points underwater: 36 percent of voters have a positive view of him, versus 43 percent who have an unfavorable view.

    Romney looks damaged in the swing states, across the board, but the pollsters write that his problems are a bit more pronounced in the 11 media markets where Priorities has focused its advertising. The group has spent $10 million so far on dark, negative ads casting Romney as a cold-hearted businessman who fired workers and walked away with millions.

    One of their best commercials

  75. July 11, 2012 at 7:24 am

    Carville? Really? Oh, he is writing a Book? He goes on Rachels Show last night and says, the President is hitting all the right notes.
    Then, he was just on Morning Bastard and He said the opposite.

  76. 251 amk for obama
    July 11, 2012 at 7:36 am

  77. 252 amk for obama
    July 11, 2012 at 7:41 am

  78. 253 amk for obama
    July 11, 2012 at 8:03 am

  79. 254 amk for obama
    July 11, 2012 at 8:16 am

  80. 255 amk for obama
    July 11, 2012 at 8:18 am

  81. 256 Linda
    July 11, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Palin word salad on Hannity last night..

    It is the, what Barack Obama believes and then makes manifest in our economy with the monumental failures that kind of replicate the socialist nations that he seems to want to emulate.”

    Good Grief…

  82. July 11, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Tiny political pundits emulate bigger cable news brethren —–putting them to shame, for all kinds of reasons


  83. 262 LOL
    July 11, 2012 at 8:34 am

    U Mad Bro?
    Mitt Romney has had enough. Fed up with President Obama’s attacks on his business record, he is — or at least his surrogates are — going to drop the Mr. Nice Guy act and start calling his opponent a liar, BuzzFeed’s McKay Coppins reports. Romney’s campaign had already gone there — an e-mail on Saturday from spokeswoman Andrea Saul was headlined “Obama’s Desperate Lies,” for example — but to turn the L-word, usually avoided in politics, into a surrogate talking point represents a new front.

    To the many Republicans thirsty for blood and concerned that Romney’s campaign has been too passive, this will surely be welcome news. But it’s rather ironic that Team Romney appears to have been baited into an emotional reaction after months of trying, unsuccessfully, to bait the Obama campaign.

    This is the same Romney campaign that sent bubble-blowing hecklers to David Axelrod’s press conference in Boston, deployed its campaign bus to circle and honk outside Obama events, and had a staffer confront Joe Biden personally at a restaurant in Ohio. In another move that seemed designed to get in Obama’s face, Romney himself staged a press conference in front of the failed solar-energy company Solyndra.

    But the Obama campaign’s response to this, aside from a bit of huffiness about Romney’s failure to condemn such tactics, has largely been “meh.” Meanwhile, the president continues to conduct a gleefully negative campaign, complete with misleading attack ads and disingenuous character slams


    • July 11, 2012 at 8:38 am

      A liar about what? And it’s interesting that Team PBO has gotten Romney to blow his stack this early in the campaign. He’s going to be in a strait jacket by the time the debates roll around.

    • 264 Ladyhawke
      July 11, 2012 at 8:49 am

      My response to the Mitt Romney campaign calling President Obama a liar is that the OFA “Truth Team” was created specifically to debunk Mitt Romney’s lies. They can’t be serious. If they want to go down this road, by all means, let’s go. In addition, Steve Benen has been chronicling Mitt Romney’s lies each Friday for months. He has enough material for a book deal.

      Chronicling Mitt’s Mendacity, Vol. XXIV

      By Steve Benen (June 29, 2012)


      The NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll that came out this week included an interesting, open-ended question: “What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think about Mitt Romney as president?” Poll respondents weren’t offered any choices; they could offer any response they wanted.

      The results weren’t especially surprising — the most common answer noted Romney being very wealthy. There were also plenty of folks who mentioned Romney’s conservatism, his Mormon faith, his controversial positions on women’s rights, etc.

      Down towards the bottom of the list, however, was one that jumped out me: “Dishonest.” For at least some respondents — not a lot, but some — the first thing that came to mind when thinking about Romney was the candidate’s willingness to say things that aren’t true.

      It’s good to know I’m not the only one who’s noticed. In fact, the public response should probably be far more common given how quickly the Republican’s record of falsehoods is growing. Consider, for example, the 24th installment of my weekly series, chronicling Mitt’s mendacity.
      Previous editions of Chronicling Mitt’s Mendacity: Vol. I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII,XIII, XIV, XV, XVI, XVII, XVIII, XIX, XX, XXI, XXII, XXIII



  84. 265 pugeretto
    July 11, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Morning Chips & great pictures, post, comments, tweets….I’ ve been missing this for a few weeks. Just a great job everyone. *Tip jar, cool.

  85. 267 Dudette
    July 11, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Off-topic: Olympic Team Outfits

    Look Like An Olympian For $1,000
    Ralph Lauren has released the designs for Team USA’s Olympics opening ceremony outfits. You can buy most of the set online. (World-class athlete figure not included.)

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