This and That





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12:55: President Obama delivers remarks at a campaign event at Green Run High School in Virginia Beach

Arriving at Norfolk International Airport with former Virginia Governor Tim Kane and Senator Mark Warner


President Barack Obama meets with military spouses during a stop at Rick’s Cafe in Virginia Beach

President Obama holds baby Kerry Christophe as he greets well-wishers after meeting with military spouses at Rick’s Cafe



No pressure Willard 😉

71 Responses to “This and That”

  1. 1 Proud Former White House Intern
    July 13, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Nice day ahead!

  2. 2 JER
    July 13, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Hello everybody.

  3. July 13, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Good morning. Has anyone seen Jojothecat? She has me in tears.

    • 4 0388jojothecat
      July 13, 2012 at 12:32 pm

      Hi sweetie. I did not mean to have you in tears. I hope you and Tucker are doing fine, got your voice message and hope to talk to you later or over the weekend. Keep your chin up and know your friends have your back.

  4. July 13, 2012 at 11:59 am

    There’s this ….

    And, the contrast could not be more stark and am thankful to Mr Tomasky for being explicit and comprehensive …

    And, #ADollarADayToOFA …

    (many more in my TL; including the State OFA’s)

  5. 7 desertflower
    July 13, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Are they showing PBO’s speech today??

  6. 17 desertflower
    July 13, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    I guess the juveniles for Romney are circling the bus at the President’s VA event again…2 year olds.

  7. July 13, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Morning all. HOPE you have a great Friday. DF, is it raining over where you live right now? It is raining downtown where I work. It is
    w o n d e r f u l!

    • 19 desertflower
      July 13, 2012 at 12:06 pm

      No…not raining here…looks like it wants to! I’ll take it…rained a bit last night, but not as much as it did Wednesday night…I sure love the desert rains….Happy Friday the 13th…always a great day for me!

  8. 25 Bill
    July 13, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    Charlie Rose saying that Willard has not been claiming that his Mr. Fix It experience and his making a lot of money were qualifications for president was odd. PBO immediately corrected him and Rose backed down.

    • 26 Betsy
      July 13, 2012 at 12:14 pm

      Where was this?

    • July 13, 2012 at 12:22 pm

      Charlie Rose has been getting on my nerves for the last several years. He used to be so much better and more curious but now he’s full of self-importance and often pushing a rigid agenda.

      • 29 Bill
        July 13, 2012 at 12:27 pm

        I have not been watching him on CBS and was surprised by his off the wall comment. I never understood why he took the CBS job. He is 70 years of age and does not need the money.

        • July 13, 2012 at 12:33 pm

          I don’t watch morning TV and agree with you about the CBS move. Strange. One of my closest friends worked for him as an editor on his PBS show and she said he’s actually (physically) old for his age.

          • 31 utaustinliberal
            July 13, 2012 at 12:59 pm

            I’ve watched him on CBS and he is ghastly in his interviews with Mitt and Ann Romney. He chuckles with them and act as though he’s their best buddy instead of a respectable journalist. He lets them get away with lies and yaks on and on about how nice they are, how friendly, how blah blah blah.

  9. 33 Betsy
    July 13, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Good morning all. I am off today 🙂 and woke up to the sound of RAIN in California in July????? WTF, but I LOVE it! I can finally watch PBO speeches today. I hate missing them, there’s just something about watching them live. I am watching NOW with Alex Wagner, is Ed Rendell a piece of sh** or what? He constantly criticized PBO saying the Bain attacks could reflect badly on PBO? What!!!!! I liked the other guy who interrupted him and said that it wasn’t PBO that wrote Vanity Fair article, etc. Awesome and shut Rendell right up.

    • 34 anniebella
      July 13, 2012 at 12:50 pm

      Rendell need to shut the heck up about Bain Capitol. It was Mitt Romney who brought Bain into the picture. Bragging about what he did at Bain and how he created 100,000 jobs and this make him qualified to come in and fix things. Mitt wasn’t bragging about his job as Governor.

    • July 13, 2012 at 1:55 pm

      I know!! Rain!!! I love it.

      • 36 Betsy
        July 13, 2012 at 2:01 pm

        I love it too! How awesome to get rain, here it was through the night!!! I was driving home to RPV from Loma Linda and it started raining around 5pm, then by the time I went to bed it was raining steadily. When I woke up to hear rain again I was THRILLED!

  10. 37 anniebella
    July 13, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    FLOTUS looks nice sitting there in that orange dress. 🙂

  11. 47 Lorraine
    July 13, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Please put President Clinton. And Governor Strickland in the second term, President Obama. If Mittens was. It such a troll I would almost feel sorry for him after watching that clip of President Obama with Charlie Rose. I like Mr. Rose but don’t interrupt the President ever again.

    • 48 lisalovesobama
      July 13, 2012 at 12:26 pm

      I’m afraid I’ll have to disagree. I don’t want Clinton anywhere near the WH while PBO is in office. Lord only knows what that man would get up to.

      • 49 Lorraine
        July 13, 2012 at 12:35 pm

        Well we will agree to disagree. I love President Clinton I was very disappointed in his actions during the 2008 primary but I will chalk it up to being in love with his wife. Regardless of everything I do think President Clinton wants President Obama to succeed in both terms.

      • 50 miss pat
        July 13, 2012 at 2:06 pm

        Watch the fool say something soon. He’s always trying to make himself look good. Don’t forget that he said in former times the President would have been serving him coffee. Don’t like the man, don’t trust him.

    • 51 Lorraine
      July 13, 2012 at 12:37 pm

      “If Mittens wasn’t such a troll”. forgive the typos.

  12. 52 Ladyhawke
    July 13, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Foes of Obama’s tax plan are mainly protecting the top one percent

    By Greg Sargent


    Here’s why. As a few of us keep pointing out, Obama’s plan continues the tax cut on all income up to $250,000, including that earned by those who make more than that. The restoration of Clinton-era rates would only hit income above $250,000, which is earned by two out of every 100 taxpayers, and represents only a very small share of the overall income enjoyed by many of them.

    Some folks get this. But the significance of it has gotten lost. What it means is that the tax hike component of Obama’s plan represents a far smaller tax increase than much of the rhetoric on this issue would lead you to believe.
    To recap: Senators who vote against this plan will be voting against a continued tax cut on all income up to $250,000. Even that enjoyed by the wealthiest taxpayers among us, including the “job creators.” All because the plan doesn’t also continue the tax cut on the income above $250,000 that’s enjoyed by only two out of every hundred taxpayers.



  13. July 13, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    President Barack Obama holds baby Kerry Christophe (III) as he greets well-wishers after meeting with military spouses at Rick’s Cafe July 13, 2012 in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

    • 54 Bill
      July 13, 2012 at 12:32 pm

      Dana Milbank said yesterday that Mark Warner (D-VA) in the photo hates the Senate so much and finds it so much a waste of time he will probably not run for reelection.

  14. 55 socasweet
    July 13, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Hi All,

    Speeches have started at the Virginia event. I am looking at the link on the Rise and Shine thread.

  15. 60 amk for obama
    July 13, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Paying taxes forthrightly has long been a matter of civic pride for most American politicians, a demonstration of honesty and of a willingness to share in society’s burdens. Since the Watergate era, presidential candidates have released several years of tax returns, allowing voters to peer at their financial choices and discern their entanglements.

    Mitt Romney has upended that tradition this year. He has released only one complete tax return, for 2010, along with an unfinished estimate of his 2011 taxes. What information he did release provides a fuzzy glimpse at a concerted effort to park much of his wealth in overseas tax shelters, suggesting a widespread pattern of tax avoidance unlike that of any previous candidate.

    Mr. Romney has resisted all demands for more disclosure, leading to growing criticism from Democrats that he is trying to hide his fortune and his tax schemes from the public. Given the troubling suspicions about his finances, he needs to release many more returns and quickly open his books to full scrutiny.


    A foreign investment, however, is not the same as an offshore tax shelter. A more conscientious politician would have urged his blind trusts to have nothing to do with shelters not available to the general public. And Mr. Romney is tarnishing an important political tradition — one set by his father, George Romney, who released 12 years of tax returns in 1967 — by continuing to keep the sources of his income in the shadows.

  16. 61 amk for obama
    July 13, 2012 at 12:32 pm


    But according to Kessler, this must be a lie and therefore a felony. How does Romney attend board meetings of Bain acquisitions, sign six filings on Bain acquisitions, get a six figure salary as an executive, list himself as sole owner and CEO with the SEC in these years, and insist he was not “involved in the operations of any Bain Capital entity in any way”? Bain went further and stated that in the period involved Romney had “absolutely no involvement with the management or investment activities of the firm or with any of its portfolio companies.” All of this is a spectacular contradiction – and yet Kessler, defending, one suspects, his own reputation, refuses to give an inch.

    Is Kessler that much in the Romney tank? Or can he not read his own column?


  17. 63 AnitaW
    July 13, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    I’m glad to see people are back to focusing on Bain and are not distracted by this Condi talk. Mitt is having a very bad summer and he’s trying to change the subject. Let’s not let him.

  18. 64 japa21
    July 13, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    A quick (unusual for me) comment. As some of you may remember, I sent a LTE to our local paper utilizing some sarcasm concerning our infamous Rep Jow Walsh. Well I can report that so far, that letter hasn’t been published. This is not surprising as the paper is somewhat (although not blatantly) conservative. And they may still decide to publish it.

    However, I have been reviewing the website and responses to other LTEs and I can say with some certainty that Walsh is in trouble. It seems that the Koch funded trolls are much less in evidence. Any RW letter meets far more pushback than it does support. And this did not used to be the case. Comments anti-PBO and Dems used to be about 3 times the pro-PBO and Dem comments. Now it is the other way around. To me, this means that the Koch funds are being sent elsewhere and without that, Walsh is toast.

    • July 13, 2012 at 12:39 pm

      Thank you, japa!! This is hopeful. Walsh is obviously a loon and lost cause. I hope the voters see that.

    • 66 57andFemale
      July 13, 2012 at 1:02 pm

      I think he’s in trouble. Tammy is getting better and better as a speaker. She was excellent on Stephanie Miller yesterday. But she has her work cut out for her.

  19. 68 amk for obama
    July 13, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Tim Kane and Mark Warner – you wimps. 🙂

  20. 69 Betsy
    July 13, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Just saw this report on Twitter, and am amazed that independents still like Romney so much? They must be Republican leaning. I am amazed it is so close.


    • 70 Obama Grandmama
      July 13, 2012 at 1:18 pm

      To me a lot of today’s Independents seem to be the embarassed GOP that switched to save face becoming Independent in the 2008 election. So they are really Republicans returning home.

  21. July 13, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    That Repeal Obamacare Shampoo cartoon is priceless! Thanks for the deep belly laugh.

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