Rain or Shine: Virginia



Glen Allen, Virginia


Centreville High School in Clifton, Virginia


Glen Allen, Virginia


Centreville High School in Clifton, Virginia



Morning/Afternoon/Evening all 😉

263 Responses to “Rain or Shine: Virginia”

  1. 1 criquet
    July 14, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    GN everyone

  2. 14 ranman11
    July 14, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Congrats C

  3. July 14, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    I knew you’d love that photo of the little girl, Chips!!!

    And …

  4. 31 hopefruit2
    July 14, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    It is ON!!! For most of next week our President will be campaigning. Letting the American people see just how stark the choice is this election. Getting folks FIRED UP and READY TO GO!

    • 32 utaustinliberal
      July 14, 2012 at 11:13 pm

      I can’t wait. In less than a week of him campaigning, the whole week’s cycle was dominated with Bain this, Mitt Romney that, SEC filing this, outsourcing that, Romney on five network interviews.

      Next week’s gonna be E-P-I-C.

  5. 33 ranman11
    July 14, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    I love that picture of the little cutie pie waving at President Obama.

  6. 34 hopefruit2
    July 14, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    The Romney campaign is going to have Ms. Ann dash a bucket of water on Willard while he’s campaigning to make it seem like he’s rain soaked, and then have a hired staffer hug a soaking Mitt for camera…

    • 35 theo67
      July 14, 2012 at 9:51 pm

      That’s sounds like something his campaign would dream up. Don’t give them any ideas!

    • 36 susanne
      July 14, 2012 at 9:54 pm

      the romneys unzipped!

    • 38 purpleshoesla
      July 15, 2012 at 12:05 am

      Eeww. To quote Jaden Smith from the latest version of “The Karate Kid”, “hmm, That’s nasty….” But actually if Ms. Ann throws water on Mittens it will short circuit his robotics and battery pack, non? Maybe that would be a good thing after all! 🙂

  7. 39 amk for obama
    July 14, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    Oh, boy. Wet pics.

    Ok, see you gals next week.

    P.S. – Love that cutie potatie. Especially the way she wants to hug him.

  8. 42 criquet
    July 14, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Thanks hf, jb and r11.

    It’s been such a good news (GN) day . That ad “Firms” has supporters of PBO fired up and the other side in shock.

    The stupid RWNJ seemed to believe their own spin on PBO and once again he has outsmarted them and delivered a gut -wrenching blow .

    Yessss, love it.

    • 43 mb32
      July 14, 2012 at 9:57 pm

      Ha…in Romney’s words “a kick to the gut” 😀

      • 44 susanne
        July 14, 2012 at 10:12 pm

        or as wolcott says, ‘a sneaky jab that completely shatters mitt’s glass jaw.’

        ‘it’s clear that the obama campaign strategy is to hit romney hard early, define and diminish him in the public imagination with cartoon clarity, and send him into the republican convention with a dan quayle deer-in-the-headlights look that conveys the unbearable lightness of completely lost.’


        • 45 jacquelineoboomer
          July 14, 2012 at 10:55 pm

          *that conveys the unbearable lightness of completely lost*

          Somebody finally came up with a good description of Mitt, in one little ol’ phrase.

        • 46 Ladyhawke
          July 14, 2012 at 10:59 pm

          When did Mitt Romney start singing on the campaign trail? As I recall, Mitt Romney did his rendition of “America The Beautiful” in Florida a couple of days after President Obama sang a couple of cords at the Apollo (which quickly went viral). At the time, I just thought why is Mitt doing that? I figured he just can’t help himself. He criticizes President Obama all the time,but he also tries to copy everything he does. Clearly, this time it went terribly wrong. He just makes it too easy. The ad is a self inflected wound on so many levels. The singing just showcases his dishonesty and opacity. It’s who he is.

  9. 47 susanne
    July 14, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    thanks for the great photos, chips. i love to see our president enjoying the people, and being out among his supporters. he has so many hard days and nights of reading and meetings and airplanes and such. he deserves all the love being showered on him!

    and that rain is a blessing on all present!

  10. 50 donna dem 4 obama
    July 14, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Yippee a new thread. Thanks Chips!

    I just checked the “Firm” video and it has almost 400,000 views. Its gone viral folks!

  11. 52 ranman11
    July 14, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Chip, those are some wonderful pictures. It is so heart warming to see the people both old and young reach out to hold to our President.

  12. 53 Michele
    July 14, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Chips, give us more pictures……

    Just some thoughts from tweets off of Paul’s time line from tweeter.

    Paul Begala‏@PaulBegala

    I hate to use the word “lie.” But how else do you describe Romney’s, umm, evolving story on Bain?

    Scientists call it the Romney Uncertainty Principle. Whether he was there or not depends on whether he was being observed.

    Killer ad from Obama camp.

    @ @PaulBegala I wouldn’t believe ‪#mitt‬ if his tongue was notarized.

  13. 54 Me4obama
    July 14, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    I wish everyone wet dreams *excuse* me, I meant to say sweet dreams tonight. Good night TOD family.

  14. 57 donna dem 4 obama
    July 14, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    This is what America the Beautiful really looks like!

  15. 58 amk for obama
    July 14, 2012 at 9:59 pm


  16. July 14, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Great thread! Just look at all those people – young, old, all the diversity. How lucky and happy are we that we have a candidate we LOVE.

  17. July 14, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    The millions, billions, trillions and gaahzillions of dollars from the big business bastion and flabby old white zillionaires won’t be enough for willard. Yep, it’s concerning and we hate it. But all of that gawddamnfuckingdirty cash WON’T be enough for that slimy cravenly dishonest chameleon. most of America sees through that douche.

  18. 65 sabreen60
    July 14, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    My Gov takes no prisoners! I know it’s Politico, but………

    • 66 purpleshoesla
      July 15, 2012 at 12:14 am

      He has been “SEVERELY” (and consistently) FIERCE on the Sunday shows. I also heard that he said at some point recently that Repugs’ idea of healthcare for women is mandatory vaginal probes. I hope to see him have a key speaking slot at the Dem Convention this year. I think people need to see that we have a “bench” after PBO’s second term. And that it’s not going to be a cakewalk for the Repugs waiting to run for the WH in 2016 either.

    • July 14, 2012 at 10:44 pm

      I saw that! So cute. He is too much. But you know he’s right! Some of you ladies don’t like getting your hair wet! LOL. I saw that in the Chris Rock documentary. I always wonder why black American women didn’t like to get their hair wet, now I know. 🙂

  19. 69 Bill R.
    July 14, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    • 70 ChristiMTL
      July 14, 2012 at 10:22 pm

      I read the article earlier Bill and was agreeing on each points, each questions…….so many lies, it’s hard to keep track….he won’t get away with it

  20. 71 trinisamba
    July 14, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    The little girl has intense adorability – (my word) She Is too cute for words but her response can be for no one else but POTUS BHO. No one else can come close. F-A-N-T-A-S-T-I-C!!!!!!!!

  21. July 14, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    That little girl is beautiful! 😀

    • 74 Michele
      July 14, 2012 at 10:16 pm

      And the beauty about the photo is everyone smiling around her..

    • 75 ChristiMTL
      July 14, 2012 at 10:20 pm

      Is she ever!!!….those pictures are amazing.

      • 76 HZ
        July 15, 2012 at 1:49 am

        This little beautiful angel came from the “best of the better angels” that is in our TOD Family here.

        I see the heavens opening up with their blessings
        I see a little angel pulling in the love of a gentle spirit, our POTUS
        I see the real O Beautiful America, in all the faces there
        I see the gods of love, compassion, caring for one another all with hands of blessings extended
        I see so much love for a president who exudes it to all people
        I see and feel love surrounding us with a gentle kiss of peace and a loving hug of victory.
        I see so much love and hope tonight.

        Thank you Chips. My heart is so full. We have so much to take into our space tonight. (((((((((((((( I love you for giving us so much)))))))))))HZ

        • 77 miss pat
          July 15, 2012 at 7:10 am

          Ah HZ, you sure can put your feelings into words. Someone should make this into a card to be passed out to folks on the streets. Put the pictture of the laittle angel on the card and your words beneath it.

  22. 78 Ladyhawke
    July 14, 2012 at 10:15 pm


    Romney Denial of Responsibility for Actions of Bain Says A lot About the Kind of President He Would Be

    By Robert Creamer


    Romney may believe that the President of Bain Capital didn’t have responsibility for the company’s actions — but someone should explain to him that the President of United States is absolutely responsible for the work of every Executive Department, whether or not he is directly involved in every decision. The President of the United States is responsible for the success or failure of every military mission. He is responsible for preventing recession — for saving the auto industry even when it is unpopular — for making the tough decisions and living with their consequences. When you’re President of the United States, you can’t say, “Oh I had no responsibility because I left the day-to-day decisions of the Defense Department to others.” Do we really want a President that refuses to take responsibility for the actions of a company for which he was CEO, President, Chairman and sole stockholder?
    The last thing that we need in a president is a man who refuses to take personal responsibility for his own actions and that of his company. The last thing we need is a president whose economic philosophy is an elaborate justification for the unwillingness of many of our wealthiest citizens to take any responsibility whatsoever for the welfare of our entire society.



    • 79 jacquelineoboomer
      July 14, 2012 at 10:19 pm

      It’s okay, Willard. We already have our candidate. He just has to wake up the morning after the election, and continue being our 44th, all the way through his second term. You, Willard, are toast. America the Beautiful!

    • July 14, 2012 at 10:20 pm

      It’s a superb essay.

    • 84 nathkatun7
      July 14, 2012 at 11:07 pm

      Thank you LadyH for sharing this. Usually I avoid HuffPost like I avoid a plague. But since it was you who recommended Creamer’s piece, I decided to check it out. It’s an excellent essay that is a must read for everyone. It totally made up for my visiting a site that I greatly dislike.

  23. 85 anniebella
    July 14, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    We have had some good days, but we can not get over confident. This is going to be a battle, and we have to be prepared to fight this battle till November 6th. We know that Mitt Romney and the Republicans are going to play nasty, nas-tee, and we have to do all we can, whatever we can to help re-elect this President.This election is not a gimme and we must keep that in mind. POTUS and FLOTUS have said that it will be close, and we have to fight like it is close. Never give up, don’t sit back and think that we have this in the bag. It’s not, kept that in mind. Fight our assess off for Obama/Biden 2012.

    • 86 anniebella
      July 14, 2012 at 10:23 pm

      Now I have to go see if I have afew more dollars to send in to the Obama campaign. Make sure all my family, friends, and neighbors is register.

  24. July 14, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Some amusement here …

    • 88 desertflower
      July 14, 2012 at 10:42 pm

      Amazing comments! Some emoprogs even”apologizing” for acting like assholes…they’ll come back into the fold…as long as they quit their whining, complaining and armchair quarterbacking.

  25. 89 ChristiMTL
    July 14, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    The article from Forbes that Bill posted is a must read…..35 questions that Romney must answer…

    I copied one because it makes such a great point…I would have prefer that he put President Obama and not just Obama but here it is:

    31. If Obama owned slum apartments in Chicago that horribly mistreated poor people and didn’t provide them heat or running water, but Obama hired a real estate management firm to manage the building and collect rent, do you think it would be fair to criticize him for being a hypocritical slum lord who showed no compassion for poor people?

  26. July 14, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    Just want to say how awesome this site is!

  27. 94 Michele
    July 14, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    Just a thought in one of the interviews which I believe was NBC, the mitt the fraudster said he won’t release more than 2 yrs of taxes because he doesn’t want them used for opposition research. If you don’t have anything to hide and there is nothing illegal, why would Willard mitt romney care?

    • 95 susanne
      July 14, 2012 at 10:38 pm

      the only honorable reason to withhold them, that i can think of, is that the tax returns would demonstrate some shady dealings on the part of his family. if it’s just his own shady dealings, then he should man up. if he doesn’t reveal the documents, and he wants us to believe he’s an honest man, then we have to assume his wife and/or children are crooks.

      well, mitt….which is it?

  28. 96 Ladyhawke
    July 14, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    Mitt Romney Feels the Obama Campaign Owes Him an Apology [Updated]

    By Caroline Bankoff


    It looks like he’ll be waiting a while for that apology. Just this morning, the Obama campaign released yet another ad focused on Romney’s time at Bain.
    Update: The Obama campaign has responded to the apology request with a video compilation of Romney’s nastier attacks on the President. As a spokeswoman told reporters, “I think that we felt it was important to remind people that Mitt Romney is the same candidate who just a few months ago was questioning whether the president understood America, understood freedom, and spent a lot of time — and a lot of time on his campaign still to date — attacking him. And that was maybe forgotten over the last couple of days.” She added that the campaign was “completely justified to raise questions” when it came to Romney’s career at Bain, since he’s “leading with his business credentials as his top qualification for being president.”



  29. 110 criquet
    July 14, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    New words in the 2012 political dictionary now being used by the “left” who used to say such -ve things about PBO.

    They are now crowing about PBO Swissboating and/or Swiftyachting W Mitt Romney.

    One can only hope this attitude continues and they do something useful like voting and getting others to vote as well.

    • 111 desertflower
      July 14, 2012 at 10:49 pm

      I saw those comments on Reddit…they need to put that new found enthusiasm to work! I don’t want them lying around while we work are asses off, and then take credit when Nov comes…they’ve been bitchin’ about one thing or another for the last 3 and 1/2 years…GET TO WORK!

  30. 112 hopefruit2
    July 14, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    • 113 jacquelineoboomer
      July 14, 2012 at 10:49 pm

      Well, of course, they won’t say. They haven’t had time to figure out the group lie, yet.

    • July 14, 2012 at 10:59 pm

      I truly do love the way Willard is distancing himself from the one thing he hoped to use as a strength. Talk about turning a strength into a weakness. #swiftboat

  31. 115 VotingPoet
    July 14, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    God, I love this President and that interaction with the little girl just gives us a glimpse of how loved he is and how much he loves people.

  32. July 14, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    The Libor scandal is starting to gain some traction in the press:

    U.S. Is Building Criminal Cases in Rate-Fixing
    As regulators ramp up their global investigation into the manipulation of interest rates, the Justice Department has identified potential criminal wrongdoing by big banks and individuals at the center of the scandal.

    The department’s criminal division is building cases against several financial institutions and their employees, including traders at Barclays, the British bank, according to government officials close to the case who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is continuing. The authorities expect to file charges against at least one bank later this year, one of the officials said.


  33. July 14, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    I won’t let go of the fact that Operation LABSCAM busted Damon within days of when #BainMitt sold it to Corning in August, 1993.

    No debate about whether #BainMitt was in the Bain drain in 1993 as last I checked that’s six years before 1999 🙂

    I hope the Obama TruthTeam will leverage some of the money Adelson wasted on Gingrich because the video is very well done 🙂

  34. 133 amk for obama
    July 14, 2012 at 10:41 pm
  35. 135 anniebella
    July 14, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    I think Mitt Romney and his new best buddy Donald Trump and all the birthers should apologize to President Obama.

    • 139 nathkatun7
      July 15, 2012 at 1:14 am

      Thanks amk for sharing the link. John Cole was on fire exposing Kessler. Also, one of the commentators at bj shared an excellent piece by Robert Perry of “Consortiumnews.” Since I am technologically challenged I was not able to link to it. Knowing your superior skills I am hoping that you can track it down and share it with the TOD family. It’s really a must read. By the way, thanks also for the wonderful job you dong on twitter.

  36. 142 anniebella
    July 14, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    Good Night all. I guess POTUS will take tomorrow off for some rest before he gets back on the road again. Do anyone know when the First Lady will be going to London for the Olympics?

  37. July 14, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    I’m remembering the fact that throughout the Republican primaries PBO and his team had their sights set on Romney the whole time. They knew it would be him and I think they relished the idea. They knew it would come to this eventually. Smart, long-term strategic thinking. I can’t wait to see what’s waiting in the wings.

    • 145 nathkatun7
      July 15, 2012 at 1:50 am

      Meta, you are such a keen observer! You are absolutely right that President Obama’s team had, from the beginning, determined that Romney will eventually be the GOP nominee. Consequently, the team was so laser focused on how to run against him. I think we are now in phase one of their “strategic” planning: Undermining Romney’s calling card as a this great businessman who believes in America and would somehow rescue the economy. Although they have now and then alluded to it, I think phase two will focus on his governorship. I am sure they will expose his mediocre record as the one term Governor of Massachusetts –his only stint as a public official–which will show that he is not equipped to be President. The final phase– phase three– will focus on all the idiotic extreme right wing positions he has embraced, especially his unqualified support of the Ryan budget and his signing Grover Norquist’s pledge never to raise taxes. Obviously, I am merely speculating about phases two and three as I am absolutely not privy to the President’s team’s campaign strategy. But, it’s very clear to me that this magnificent team knows exactly where it wants to go and have mapped the best road to get there. I am so glad the people running the President’s campaign refused to listen to all the pundits, and Democratic arm chair advisors, who were always in a panic mode, telling them to do this or that. I am also glad that most of us on this blog always trusted the judgement of the President and his team. By the way, thank you so much for the wonderful job you doing on twitter fighting on behalf of President Obama.

  38. 146 Dakota
    July 14, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    I’ve been trying to remember the name of this Stevie Wonder song all day! The lyrics are SPOT ON for what’s happening with Willlard the Liar right now. I tried posting a video from youtube, but to no avail. Maybe someone else can do for me! Thanks!

    Stevie Wonder – Skeletons Lyrics

    Skeletons in your closet
    Itchin’ to come outside
    Messin’ with your conscience
    In a way your face can’t hide

    Oh things are gettin’ real funky
    Down at the old corral
    And it’s not the skunks that are stinkin’

    What did your mama tell you about lies
    She said it wasn’t polite to tell a white one
    What did your daddy tell you about lies
    He said one white lie turns into a black one

    So, it’s gettin’ ready to blow
    It’s gettin’ ready to show
    Somebody shot off at the mouth and
    We’re getting ready to know

    It’s gettin’ ready to drop
    It’s gettin’ ready to shock
    Somebody done turned up the heater
    An’ a it’s gettin’ ready to pop

    Crevices in your pantry
    Now what do we have in here
    Havin’ a day time nightmare
    Has always been your biggest fear

    Oh things are gettin’ real crucial
    Up the old wazoo

    What did your mama tell you about lies
    She said it wasn’t polite to tell a white one
    What did your daddy tell you about lies
    He said one white lie turns into a black one

    So, it’s gettin’ ready to blow
    It’s gettin’ ready to show
    Somebody shot off at the mouth and
    We’re gettin’ ready to know

    It’s gettin’ ready to drop
    It’s gettin’ ready to shock
    Somebody done turning the heater
    An’ a it’s gettin’ ready to pop

    It’s gettin’ ready to seep
    You’re gettin’ ready to freak
    Somebody done picked up the talk box
    And gettin’ ready to speak

    It’s gettin’ ready to jive
    It’s gettin’ ready to gel
    Somebody done gone let the lid off
    And it’s gettin’ ready to smell

    They’re gettin’ ready to deal
    You’re gettin’ ready to ill
    Somebody done just dropped the big dime
    And they’re gettin’ ready to squeal

    It’s gettin’ ready to turn
    We’re gettin’ ready to learn
    Somebody done fired up the brimstone
    And you’re gettin’ ready to burn

    It’s gettin’ ready to shake
    You’re gettin’ ready to ache
    Somebody done snitched to the news crew
    And it’s gettin’ ready to break

    You’re gettin’ ready to lie
    They’re gettin’ ready to spy
    Somebody’ s been put on the hot seat
    And you’re gettin’ ready to fry

    • 147 desertflower
      July 14, 2012 at 11:35 pm

      LOVE this song! Perfect, isn’t it? “It’s the stinkin’ lies you tell…”

      • 148 Dakota
        July 14, 2012 at 11:53 pm

        Somebody done fired up the brimstone
        And you’re gettin’ ready to burn!

        LOL! Stevie is the man!

      • 150 purpleshoesla
        July 15, 2012 at 12:42 am

        Stevie!! This is so perfect. We need to start a Mitten’s Campaign Playlist:

        1. “You’re So Bain” – The Wildberries
        2. “Skeletons” – Stevie Wonder
        3. “You Ain’t See Nothin’ Yet” – Bachman Turner Overdrive
        4. “Dirty Laundry” – The Eagles
        5. “Fortunate Son” – CCR
        6. “Smiling Faces (Tell Lies) – The Undisputed Truth
        7. “Money” – Pink Floyd
        8. “For the Love of Money” – The O’Jays

        Others?? 🙂

  39. 153 ChristiMTL
    July 14, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    Oh do I love this!…I didn’t read past this paragraph because I don’t care what he says BUT he’s the Pinocchio guy who the Romney camp keep referring too….

    There’s an army of supporters out there and people are sick an tired of the media/press BS!…..you guys have to look at the pushback he got!

    Weighing the evidence on Romney’s departure from Bain: A response to readers

    Posted by Glenn Kessler at 03:14 PM ET, 07/14/2012

    It’s not often that one of my columns gets more than 5,000 comments, many of them angry. I tried responding via Twitter and various e-mail exchanges but eventually gave up because I was overwhelmed. My analysis was also roasted on the web by various people I often admire, and the Huffington Post rewrote my column to highlight exclusive material that they thought I had played down. My best friend from third grade even sent me a message on Facebook saying I “was carrying the Republicans’ water.”

    It was that kind of day!

    • 154 ChristiMTL
      July 14, 2012 at 11:25 pm

      So there, I just went at the bottom of the article to see if he retracted anything….nope.

      Regarding Romney and Bain, the question for me remains whether one can specifically tie Romney to the questionable deals. So far, I have not seen enough evidence that he was actively managing Bain and its investments during this period.

      Thus I am standing with my assessment that Romney essentially left Bain in 1999. Our colleagues at FactCheck.org have done the same. But of course I remain open to new evidence or information, and will adjust Pinocchio ratings accordingly.


      So he can expect more pushback

      Nobody said that he was ACTIVELY managing Bain! What an idiot….but that he didn’t attend board meeting, didn’t know about deals and investments, didn’t sign anything, wasn’t consulted on anything, didn’t profited from these deals???? no way……

    • 155 Michele
      July 14, 2012 at 11:33 pm

      I’m glad his friends/public gave it to his ass… Mittens is trying to make Americans the new wage slaves.. I know this election is going to be tough but if we do the work we can win this. My strength right now is giving money and soon it will be getting into an OFA office…

      • 156 ChristiMTL
        July 14, 2012 at 11:37 pm

        I copied a few tweets….you know at this point, I think he is refusing to change anything just to get some attention, it’s so ridiculous, the evidence are all there.

        R Subramanian ‏@randomsubu

        So, @GlennKesslerWP stubbornly refuses to admit he made a mistake. John Cole has a great takedown: http://j.mp/LYZc6d

        eclecticbrotha ‏@eclecticbrotha

        This Kessler character has a great future ahead at CNN

        @Karoli @Johngcole,& isn’t Glenn Kessler the 1 & “ONLY” Source that Mitts says vindicates him-His proof? 3-legged stool lost a leg- Shaky

        • 157 nathkatun7
          July 15, 2012 at 1:58 am

          ChristiMTL , John Cole penned a devastating critique of Glenn Kessler; and so did Robert Perry at Consortiumnews.

    • July 14, 2012 at 11:57 pm

      WTF is Glenn Kessler and why do we need him to tell us when someone’s lying? We can think for ourselves? To hell with him! The is what happens when we cede our own ability to think critically about the issues that affect our lives to politicians and pundits. These people have an agenda – one that protects the status quo at all costs. The fact-checker needs to check himself.

      • 159 theo67
        July 15, 2012 at 12:05 am

        This is why Republicans are pushing to end critical thinking education in schools – claiming it shakes “firmly held beliefs” and undermines parental influence. They want a nation of cows, eating fast food and watching “reality” television. Not asking any questions. Not expecting anything more for themselves – other than “freedom”. Americans better wake up.

      • 160 ChristiMTL
        July 15, 2012 at 12:06 am

        It’s just because the Romney camp always use his ”ratings” in interviews or in ads as ”proof”…he gave the outsourcing ad 4 pinocchios…, ….the Romney camp used his article as proof in their ad when they basically called the President a liar…..that’s why people are pushing back….it’s Romney only defense.

        The fact checker is a liar.

    • 161 theo67
      July 15, 2012 at 12:17 am

      I wonder if he cried real tears with all that whining. Any pushback he got was well-deserved. He should have his journalism license revoked.

  40. 162 ProChoiceGrandma
    July 14, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    I am sooooo envious! I waited in line for 3 1/2 hours on Thursday to get a ticket to see President Obama in Centreville. The line wrapped around the entire row of stores. Finally, when I had reached the last corner of the building, they ran out of tickets about 50 people ahead of me. 😦 But it was delightful chatting with other folks while standing in line, so I don’t regret the time.


  41. 163 desertflower
    July 14, 2012 at 11:32 pm


    David Kurtz…talking about why PBO’s “Firms” ad is so effective. Good little read.

  42. 164 prochoicegrandma
    July 14, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    I am sooooo envious! I waited in line for 3 1/2 hours on Thursday to get a ticket to see President Obama in Centreville. The line wrapped around the entire row of stores. Finally, when I had reached the last corner of the building, they ran out of tickets about 50 people ahead of me. 😦 But it was delightful chatting with other folks while standing in line, so I don’t regret the time.

    OBAMA 2012 !!!!

    Here is a terrific post about Mitt Romney’s Bain problem and tax returns.

    Mitt Romney has repeatedly bragged about his 25 years in private business. 1977 to 2002 = 25 years. 1977 to 1999 is only 22 years. Because of the scrutiny focused on Bain’s vulture capitalism with companies like GST Steel and KB Toys, Mitt is now claiming he left or “retired” from Bain in 1999 to escape criticism for bankrupting those companies and outsourcing the jobs. Sorry Mitt, the sworn documents filed with the SEC say otherwise. You were da man in charge for wreaking havoc on the lives of so many Americans and smugly walking away with the cash in your pocket.

  43. 165 Bill R.
    July 14, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    I’ve seen many comments today on Twitter and elsewhere, including Paul Begala who calls the “firms” Ad the most “brilliant” of the campaign season to date. This is from Examiner.Com:

    “Every modern presidential campaign produces hundreds of television and web ads, but a few go down in history for their ability to resonate with the public or effectively attack the opposing candidate. In 1984 it was Ronald Reagan’s “Its Morning in America Again” ad. In 2004 it was the Swiftboat ads attacking Senator John Kerry (D-Mass). In 2012, an Obama ad called “Firms” may define Mitt Romney before the campaign really hits high gear.
    The ad, seen in the video to the below, features Romney awkwardly singing “America the Beautiful” before an audience in Florida. The ad has immediately created a tremendous among of buzz on Twitter and every major media outlet is now providing its own take. The ad is set to air in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. The ad will also probably be shown on the cable news outlets as various pundits give their take, which will only increase the ad’s exposure for free.”

    • 166 theo67
      July 15, 2012 at 12:01 am

      I heard a fair bit of “swiftboating” talk on the radio today. It’s not a really fair comparison, since the 2004 Swiftboating of John Kerry involved getting supposed veterans to bash another veteran (Kerry) with a boatload of lies about Kerry’s service. It was dishonourable and deceptive – and for a Commander-in-Chief to get involved in that kind of campaign was truly demeaning of the Presidential Office, since he’s supposed to care for those who fought for this country. The ads being run against Romney right now simply shine a light on facts in evidence, and prompt Romney to answer to these questionable scenarios, especially since they directly refute his claims of his suitability to run the country (and the world). The two scenarios have nothing in common.

  44. 168 4morefor44
    July 14, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    the evil villain in what’s likely to be the biggest box office movie of this summer, Batman, is named “bane” and he blows up new york city and all other kinds of mayhem. how hilarious is it that the same word is what’s being attached to the mittbot at the exact same time?!? people will be associated “bane” with “bain.” perfect!

  45. 171 susanne
    July 14, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    just watched this again, and thought you might enjoy the memories, and the laughs. love our prez!!!!

  46. 177 desertflower
    July 14, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    Holy shit, Bainman!


    Mitt and Ann Romney have a charitable foundation — The Tyler Foundation. It was established as a private foundation for them to contribute cash or in some cases, securities, as a pool of money to then give to their chosen charitable causes. It has been in effect since 1999, and a romp through their IRS 990 forms was, shall we say, enlightening?

    Since 1999, most of the contributions made to the foundation by the Romneys have been in the form of securities which aren’t identified. Those securities are transferred to the foundation where they are either held or sold. In most cases, they were sold immediately upon transfer. Here are a few notable transactions along the way:


    Ameritrade, Inc. – 89,000 shares were contributed by the Ann Romney Blind Trust in 2003 with a value of a little more than $296,000. Those shares were sold immediately for $1,082,000, netting a profit of $785,781.00. Not such a bad deal for a day’s work, eh? I’m sure Joe Ricketts appreciated the investment in his future birtherism.
    Staples, Inc. Just over 41,000 shares were transferred to the foundation with no value attached to them. They were sold in January, 2003 for just over $684,000. Another day’s work.
    Sports Authority – 533 shares transferred and sold for $3,400.00. One of the smaller transactions, but since it was a Bain company, it should still count. Sports Authority was also sold on 1/28/2003, shortly after Mitt Romney was sworn in as governor of Massachusetts.
    Marriott International – Over the course of 2003, the trust sold about 25,000 shares of Marriott International at a profit of $796,000.
    Nutraceutical, Inc – Just over 28,000 shares were sold during 2003 for a net profit of $104,000.
    Chippac, Inc. – 220 shares sold, $15,000 profit.

    • 178 susanne
      July 14, 2012 at 11:57 pm

      so, they made a profit from their charitable trust? a tax-free profit? just trying to understand the ‘charitable’ part. but completely understand why the robme family has such bright smiles.

    • 180 Dakota
      July 15, 2012 at 12:01 am

      Somebody done gone let the lid off
      And it’s gettin’ ready to smell!

  47. 181 desertflower
    July 14, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    Can’t forget this!!

  48. 187 ChristiMTL
    July 14, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    Oprah Interviews Ann And Mitt Romney

    Oprah Winfrey on Friday visited Mitt and Ann Romney in New Hampshire for an interview, the New York Times reports. The interview took place at the Romneys’ vacation home in Wolfeboro, and it will appear in Oprah’s magazine, O.

    Yuck! Lets visit the charming couple….

    • 188 ChristiMTL
      July 15, 2012 at 12:01 am

      Anything that can ”humanize” him is wrong …..I don’t care if they represent the perfect family in a Duggar creepy way and some people can fall for it, it doesn’t change the fact that the man is a sociopath.

      He was never a moderate and will never be a moderate, just the way he made his fortune is one of the best indication that he is cruel and heartless.

      She’s no better with her hypocrisy and lies or comments like : They want to kill Mitt……yea right.

    • 189 theo67
      July 15, 2012 at 12:07 am

      I won’t be watching.

      • 191 COS
        July 15, 2012 at 12:49 am

        I won’t watch or read either. I am sure it will be nonstop talk among the corporate media. I like Oprah but I hate to say that her network does not appeal to me.

        • 192 purpleshoesla
          July 15, 2012 at 1:10 am

          If they are hoping for some of the “Oprah Effect”, not sure they’re going to get it. IMO, her star bright light of influence is fading to irrelevance since her talk show ended and the lack of mega-success of her OWN channel has contributed to that.

    • 193 anniebella
      July 15, 2012 at 5:28 am

      Thanks for nothing Mrs. O. You can count on me not buying your magazine. YUKE.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  49. 195 proudmemberofglobalzero
    July 15, 2012 at 12:05 am

    I was polled last week in Florida. Here is that poll: Wow! Mason/Dixon of all polls:


    I am the following:
    Independent in all but primary elections. Closed elections are a BITCH! You have to keep re registering..I am now a lifetime Democrat.
    South East Location.

    We are the most populated part of the state. We will save Florida again in 2012. People are talking more and more about the elections in the grocery stores, bagel shops and restaurants.

    • 196 desertflower
      July 15, 2012 at 12:10 am

      Are they talking about the voter suppression and disenfranchisement? Your asshole gov? (I have one too) My dad lives in FL and he said people are pissed! Gov Scott will NOT be in office after this, he tells me…I need to open his eyes about this election…only watches TV and reads the newspaper and thinks he’s informed…I called him and asked if he knew about the TB outbreak and the issues surrounding that. He had NO IDEA. Said it wasn’t on TV or in the paper…..I rest my case:)

  50. 199 Ladyhawke
    July 15, 2012 at 12:09 am



    GOP: Are you better off now than when the economy was about the disintegrate, bin Laden was alive & the Iraq War seemed endless?


    • 200 susanne
      July 15, 2012 at 12:26 am

      we have family that says, bush was christian, so all he did was righteous. end of discussion.

      and yes, we don’t talk with them about anything but the wonderful peach pie aunty made.

  51. July 15, 2012 at 12:26 am

    I don’t know if this has been brought up, but there is a wicked karma going on here.

    Willard only sang America the Beautiful, because he was trying to imitate the President after he sang Al Green.

    That the campaign would turn around and then use his mimicking the President against him in this way….

    Karma remains undefeated.

    • 202 susanne
      July 15, 2012 at 12:35 am

      i’d forgotten that, rikyrah. r-money was highlighting that pbo sang from the african-american song book, but he sang from the all-american song book. not very subtle racist crap, and he made a fool of himself when the folks in his audience didn’t sing along as he thought they would. you know, leader of the nation, rousing sing-along. blech.

  52. 203 susanne
    July 15, 2012 at 12:41 am

    okay saturday night crowd! how about some fun? just thinking about pbo singing and i have to hear it!

    • 204 theo67
      July 15, 2012 at 1:24 am

      He actually sang it in exactly the right key! I’ve never heard the two versions at exactly the same time. Is there anything this man can’t do!?

  53. 205 cluny
    July 15, 2012 at 12:58 am

    you know what’s going to be really great – Romney in London grabbing gobs of money from rich OS supporters – I mean that’s not gonna look so good is it? Also I bet there is some suspect stuff in his Olympic overseeing days. The guy’s a cheap chisler and just can’t help himself – I would bet $10,000 on it. Also lets not forget to spread the story of Ann’s horse drugging for a few extra bucks (a very bad look for her). They will try to use the OLympics as a way of cornering the market on American patriotism – let’s help keep that from happening.

    • 206 susanne
      July 15, 2012 at 1:20 am

      you know, that drugged horse story got lost behind the bain mess. so did the fake police uniform, and gay bashing, the dog tied onto the car, and so on. we need to keep these stories alive, because r-money is not just a greedy cheater–he’s a dirty low-life. some folks will forgive him for making money–business isn’t pretty. but these other stories really round out the picture of his ‘character’.

      • 207 susanne
        July 15, 2012 at 1:27 am

        it’s horrifying, and slipping out of circulation.


        • 208 Oxfarm
          July 15, 2012 at 1:51 am

          That is a pretty wild drug panel. One of the reasons why you make sale contingent on good clinical vet exam AND the receipt of clean toxicology report. Delays finalizing sale by about 14 days (tox report does), but well worth it. But just Wow.

        • 209 Oxfarm
          July 15, 2012 at 2:02 am

          And what’s really striking here is that these are not back stretch fair circuit race horse trainers who have to eek out every dollar to eat and so anything goes. At the Romney’s economic level I have seen people operate with exemplary care for their animals, because they can and because they also believe that their deep pockets can assist with development of veterinary care techniques that will benefit all horses and even humans. They often say they owe it to the animal, to the sport, to science. The Romneys could easily have opted to have this horse given time/therapy to recover properly prior to sale or retired him to pleasantly eat grass for years and not felt it at all financially. Really just strange.

          • 210 susanne
            July 15, 2012 at 3:32 am

            ‘strange’? i’d use a stronger term, oxfarm, like ‘despicable’. thanks for the info on the sport, and the insight–yes, they could easily have afforded to care for this animal in a humane way. the fact that they placed the horse for sale, insuring that it would have to try to run on the bad hoof, tells us a lot about the romneys, i think. cruelty motivated by greed.

            • 211 susanne
              July 15, 2012 at 3:34 am

              and furthermore……they should be disqualified from olympic competition!

            • 212 Oxfarm
              July 15, 2012 at 8:59 pm

              I use the term”strange” as in bizarre and unnecessary; it’s as if someone went through the meds chest and said WTF, inject a little this, inject a little that, whatever. Never mind some drugs in combination can badly hurt a horse, and never mind someone might run a tox report, and never mind we are selling this horse to someone we know and whose personal safety – as in life, btw – depends on the horse they are riding being sound.

              I think the tax returns in the end will be just like this, some in this island, some in that island, bennies bennies everywhere, etc., etc., and that when all is said and done Mitt Romney realized a ZERO tax bill and even a REFUND in some years. I’ll bet you a syringe full of Xylazine. 😉

  54. 214 Ladyhawke
    July 15, 2012 at 1:01 am

    ‘One For The History Books’

    By David Kurtz


    Obama’s ad team has come up with a very effective juxtaposition of sound and image in this ad. I have a PhD in Cinema Studies and one of the topics that I studied very seriously was the way in which sound can effect how we perceive images, making them more powerful in our minds. At the risk of stating the obvious, this ad was put together very carefully by people who really know what they are doing. There is much more than just good political messaging going on in this ad. This is one for the history books. In my opinion, people will be talking about this ad for years to come.



    • 218 purpleshoesla
      July 15, 2012 at 1:24 am

      My absolute favorite part of this clip is right after they hand him the Mic and the expression on his face right before he starts singing. It’s like he’s saying to himself, “Dang it, I told them I didn’t want to sing!…ok then, let’s do this.” Then he comes in right on beat and on key. Luv my President. He is all that and a bag of chips… 🙂

    • 222 purpleshoesla
      July 15, 2012 at 1:58 am

      This was a good read. Thanks for posting.

    • 223 nathkatun7
      July 15, 2012 at 2:34 am

      Sabreen60, thank you so much for sharing this article with TOD members. I posted a request to amk before I got your post. I am glad I was not alone in thinking that Robert Perry’s article needed to be shared.

  55. 224 sabreen60
    July 15, 2012 at 1:41 am

  56. 227 amk for obama
    July 15, 2012 at 1:47 am

    Chips – clever word play for the thread title. Didn’t strike this numbnutz till now. I am at airport now about to board a plane for 3 hour flight. Any pointers on how to jump the stewardesses ? 🙂

    • 228 purpleshoesla
      July 15, 2012 at 1:51 am

      Amk! C’mon now fess up… u do this for the shock value don’t ya. Make sure us night owls are still awake around here! 😆 Safe travels.

      • 229 amk for obama
        July 15, 2012 at 1:59 am

        What, chips and vc can jump the pilots and I can’t do the same to the stewardesses ?


        • 230 nathkatun7
          July 15, 2012 at 2:44 am

          Hey, amk, I think you are entitled to some fun. We can’t let the ladies here have all the fun. Just be selective in the jokes you share with them. And, remember you can no longer call them “stewardesses.” They are female flight attendants.

        • 231 desertflower
          July 15, 2012 at 3:37 am

          No! I think Chips was terrified…you’re just being spunky. Big difference!

    • 232 desertflower
      July 15, 2012 at 1:59 am

      Partner, head’s up! They don’t call the FLIGHT ATTENDANT’S…stewardesses anymore:) Haven’t flown in awhile, huh? 🙂 Chips can’t tell you how to jump the stewardesses…put she can give pointers on sitting with the pilot! safe travels…

      • 233 amk for obama
        July 15, 2012 at 2:07 am

        Screw the PC. They will always be stewardesses and actresses for me. After all, they do have tresses and that’s what make them – them being wimmin- special. 🙂

      • 235 nathkatun7
        July 15, 2012 at 2:46 am

        Df, I see we are on the same page about FA! My brother amk needs to get with it.

        • 236 desertflower
          July 15, 2012 at 3:31 am

          I don’t think he’s going that route, nathkatun:) As long as he’s respectful…I can let it slide…he’s so “old fashioned” that way 🙂

  57. 238 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    July 15, 2012 at 1:47 am

    sSweet little girl is adorable. I love the way she reaches out to him. It’s instant trust. She just knows.

    • 239 daisydem
      July 15, 2012 at 1:53 am

      She IS adorable … and she is smitten, I tell you. Yes, it is instant trust … and an instant crush. Look at her coquettish expression in that first picture. That sequence of pics with her and our President is pure enchantment!

      • 240 amk for obama
        July 15, 2012 at 1:57 am

        One of the best sequences of obama & kids pics. She is adorable. That’s three adorables. The ayes have it.

      • 241 hopefruit2
        July 15, 2012 at 8:08 am

        At some point before this election, we (TODers) need to compile a picture diary of our PBO interacting with America’s Youngest on and off the campaign trail. We can scour the Internetz for images and I’m sure Chips has a ready supply of photos that can go towards this project. 🙂

  58. July 15, 2012 at 1:53 am

    I’m sure you all are all over this but wanted to post just in case. Mittens signed SEC docs from EDGAR 1/3/2000-2/22/2001.

    “Filing these forms is how you tell the world I own a piece of this company and actually have some power in directing its business through my ownership stake.”
    These forms are not filed anonymously. They are signed by someone known as the REPORTING PERSON.


  59. July 15, 2012 at 2:24 am

    A soaking-wet President Barack Obama got a hug and an admiring look from 4-year-old Kaiah Hill of Richmond after speaking in Glen Allen on Saturday


    • 244 anniebella
      July 15, 2012 at 5:37 am

      You know Mom and Dad is going to have that picture for her till the day she realize that that guy was the President of the United States, not just some nice guy I met. Just like that 5 year old in the Oval Office who were touching President Obama’s hair to see if the President’s hair was like his. The First Lady was some where speaking recently when she talked about that picture.

      • 245 anniebella
        July 15, 2012 at 5:52 am

        You know one thing I have notice is how the President during his speeches now talks about how he and Michelle grew up. How they didn’t grow up with much. When he talked of his Mom, Grandmom, sister taking a vacation on Greyhound Bus, they stayed at Howard Johnson. What middle class or poor American doesn’t know about Greyhound bus. The house or was it an apartment Michelle and her family grew up in, about Michelle’s father. He is saying that Michelle and I can relate to where we come from because we’ve been there. Unlike Ann and Mitt.

        • 246 anniebella
          July 15, 2012 at 5:55 am

          I love hearing about Michelle’s father who had MS, but still didn’t miss a day of work. Whenever Michelle talks of her father you can hear the love and respect she had for her father.

  60. 247 desertflower
    July 15, 2012 at 3:36 am

    I have been busy catching up on “The Newsroom”. Best TV I have watched in ages. If you don’t have HBO…you should really think about it if you can afford the extra every month. Well, well worth your time…unlike so much on the idiot box now!

    And I won’t link to the orange place. but there is an excellent piece on the media that you should read if you decide to head over that way..It’s called, “Media, If You Can’t Do You’re Job…” Excellent piece…and one that we will all agree on.

    • 248 theo67
      July 15, 2012 at 4:03 am

      I just caught up on my recorded episodes tonight, too. I think the political messages, and messages about the American society, media and apathy of the public are spot on. I hope it picks up traction. And I hope people in the media are watching and taking notes.

  61. July 15, 2012 at 7:07 am

    The Scott news was written up by the Tampa Bay Times:

    After repeatedly refusing, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security agreed to open its database to the Department of State, which oversees Florida’s voter registration system. The state will now cross-check the names of Florida voters against a federal citizenship database known as SAVE, or Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements.
    It wasn’t clear why Homeland Security changed course and the department had no comment Saturday. But the reversal comes after a federal judge in Florida refused to halt purge efforts.

    The news is a victory for Republican Gov. Rick Scott, who has said the purge is necessary to guarantee fair elections. Democrats and voter advocacy groups have criticized Scott for the action, saying it is aimed at Democratic-leaning voters in an election year. Some groups filed lawsuits to block it.

    This is why it is so close in Florida, yesterday’s poll is accurate with the President up 1! Because if Governor Scott and activist judges!

  62. 250 taiping1
    July 15, 2012 at 7:11 am

    http://www.democraticunderground.com/1002950282. This is a great essay by someone to a conservative friend on why the writer supports the President. Should be shared ! Captures why so many of us love and admire him

    • July 15, 2012 at 7:33 am

      THANK YOU! THANK YOU for sharing that. Just printed AND bookmarked. IF I could write that that 🙂 I would have said everything this says.

      btw, good morning, TOD family.

    • 252 susanne
      July 15, 2012 at 3:25 pm

      this is an excellent letter, and perfect for sharing with the ‘undecided’. gets all the facts, and also includes the intangibles. thanks for posting, taiping!

    • July 15, 2012 at 8:00 am

      Absolutely beautiful! Our TODer Michelle upthread predicted that she would be on a front page!! 🙂

      // Michele
      July 14, 2012 at 10:09 pm
      I bet you $100,000 Bain/mitt bucks she will be featured in the morning papers of VA…//

    • 256 amk for obama
      July 15, 2012 at 8:07 am

      I wonder what she said to bring out all those laughs. I can see the mischievous intelligence in her eyes. The entire series of photos that our chips posted has been saved to my ‘puter.

      PBO with kids simply rocks. No other pol can come even close to him.

  63. July 15, 2012 at 7:55 am

    I just found this on my FB page. (Shared by TPPP). The new rage is to say that the government is the cause of all our problems and if we had no government, we’d have no problems. I can tell you that contradicts evidence, history and common sense.~~WJClinton.

    I wrote that down & put my husband’s name w/it because that will be something good to share w/him. He’s one of the R’s that has that philosophy–that government can’t do anything right, that they mess up everything, etc. He tends to throw in a comment w/that message whenever he sees an opening to do so. Yet, a few years ago our Life Group spent the entire month of November writing down things we were thankful for and I remember he had things like the national parks (of course, he would be thankful for that) 🙂 and the roads and highways and police……things like that. So, he tends to do what many R’s do–talk out of both sides of his mouth.

    btw, he is currently in VT on his AT hike; will go into NH Tuesday morning. He is worried about the Whites……knows his going will be SLOW through those mountains.

  64. 258 utaustinliberal
    July 15, 2012 at 8:01 am

    Heads Up TOD: Pres. Obama and FL Michelle Obama are on CBS News Sunday Morning. Check your local listings.

    • 259 hopefruit2
      July 15, 2012 at 8:10 am

      Fantastic ut. Thanks for the reminder!

      BTW, PBO will be in Austin sometime next week…if you’re not there in person, maybe you could give us a scoop on what the local papers are saying 🙂

  65. 260 amk for obama
    July 15, 2012 at 8:01 am

  66. July 15, 2012 at 8:03 am

    Good morning, TODville! How about a Sunday morning laugh?!

  67. 263 amk for obama
    July 15, 2012 at 8:22 am

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